Martín Fierro

One of my favorite pieces of poetry comes from a much longer poem published between 1872 and 1879 by Jose Hernandez of Argentina. (English link)

Mi gloria es vivir tan libre como el pájaro del cielo;
no hago nido en este suelo ande hay tanto que sufrir,
y naides me ha de seguir cuando yo remuento el vuelo.

A more modern rendition of this might be:

Mi gloria es vivir tan libre como el pájaro del cielo;
no hago nido en este suelo donde hay tanto que sufrir,
y nadie me ha de seguir cuando yo remonto el vuelo.

And a translation (mine, loosely):

My glory is to live as free as the bird in the sky;
I make no nest on this earth where there is so much to suffer,
and no one can follow me when I soar in the wind.

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