Cuentos Clásicos del Norte, Primera Serie

By Edgar Allan Poe

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violentos. Desaparecieron poco a poco la espuma
y el arco iris; y el fondo del abismo pareció elevarse lentamente. El
cielo estaba claro, el viento había caído, y la luna llena se ponía
radiantemente en el oeste cuando me encontré en la superficie del
océano, en frente de las playas de Lofoden y sobre el sitio en que el
remolino del Móskoe-ström _había existido_. Era la hora de calma de la
marea, pero todavía el mar se elevaba en olas como montañas por efecto
del huracán. Me vi arrastrado violentamente hacia el canal del Ström, y
en algunos minutos me arrebató la corriente abajo, hacia la costa donde
estaban situadas las pesqueras de mis compañeros. Un bote me recogió
exhausto de fatiga y, entonces que el peligro había ya pasado, mudo por
el recuerdo de su horror. Los que me recibieron a bordo eran mis viejos
camaradas y mis compañeros de todos los días; pero no me reconocieron,
como tampoco habría yo reconocido a un viajero de la región de las
sombras. Mi pelo, que había sido negro como el ala del cuervo el día
anterior, estaba tan blanco como lo veis ahora. Dicen también que ha
variado toda la expresión de mi fisonomía. Referíles mi historia; no la
creyeron. Ahora os la relato a _vos_, sin esperanza de que le prestéis
mayor fe de la que acostumbran otorgarle los alegres pescadores de
Lofoden."

NOTAS:

[1] El sonido semejante de _antenas y estaño_ en inglés provoca
la equivocación del negro que no entiende mucho de requilorios de
pronunciación.--_La Redacción_.

[2] Analogía de sonido y ortografía con kid, que en inglés significa
cabrito.--_La Redacción_.

[3] Nombre análogo en letras y pronunciación a _Bishop_, que en inglés
significa obispo.--_La Redacción_.

[4]

Su corazón es un laúd en pendiente,
Apenas se le roza, vibra.


[5] Sin pretensiones de traducir en verso las bellísimas rimas de
Poe, hemos procurado expresar en simple prosa cadenciosa la idea
encerrada en esta poesía y despertar algo de la emoción buscada por el
autor.--_La Redacción_.

[6] Watson, el doctor Pércival, Spallanzani y especialmente el obispo
de Llándaff.

[7] Véase Arquímedes: _De Incidentibus in Fluido_, libro 2.

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