POEMS: “The three wise Kings” POEMAS: “Los tres Reyes magos”

by Rubén Darío

(Nicaraguan poet and founder of the “Modernismo” literary movement, 1867-1916)

The Three Wise Kings
My name is Kaspar. I the incense bear.
The glimmer of the Star has made me wise.
I say that love is vaster than the skies.
God exists. And Life is pure and fair.
My name is Melchior. And my myrrh scents all.
There is a God. He is the light of the morn.
And the fairest blossoms from dust are born,
And joy is shadowed by a melancholic pall.
My name is Balthazar. I bring a wreath
Of Orient gold, my gift. I come to say
That God does exist. I know all this by the ray
Of starry light upon the crown of Death.
Balthazar, Melchior, Kaspar – be all ye still.
Love triumphs and has bid you to His feast.
Radiance fills the chaos void, and night has ceased:
Wearing Life’s crown, Christ comes to work His Will!


English translation by Nicaraguan poet Salomon de la Selva

Versión inglés por Salomon de la Selva (poeta nicaragüense)

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Rubén Darío (Nicaragua, 1867-1916)

Los Tres Reyes Magos


Yo soy Gaspar. Aquí traigo el incienso.

Vengo a decir: La vida es pura y bella.

Existe Dios. El amor es inmenso.

¡Todo lo sé por la divina Estrella!


Yo soy Melchor. La mirra aroma todo.

Existe Dios. Él es la luz del día.

La blanca flor tiene sus pies en lodo.

¡Y en el placer hay la melancolía!


Yo soy Baltasar. Traigo el oro. Aseguro

que existe Dios. Él es el grande y fuerte.

Todo lo sé por el lucero puro

que brilla en la diadema de la Muerte.


Gaspar, Melchor y Baltasar, callaos.

Triunfa el Amor, y a su fiesta os convida.

¡Cristo resurge, hace la luz del caos

y tiene la corona de la Vida!

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