Irish sunrises

A wave of yet more tender joy escaped from his heart and went coursing in warm flood along his arteries. Like the tender fire of stars moments of their life together, that no one knew of or would ever know of, broke upon and illumined his memory. He longed to recall to her those moments, to make her forget the years of their dull existence together and remember only their moments of ecstasy. For the years, he felt, had not quenched his soul or hers. Their children, his writing, her household cares had not quenched all their souls’ tender fire. In one letter that he had written to her then he had said: “Why is it that words like these seem to me so dull and cold? Is it because there is no word tender enough to be your name?” Like distant music these words that he had written years before were borne towards him from the past. He longed to be alone with her. When the others had gone away, when he and she were in the room in the hotel, then they would be alone together. (James Joyce)

Un’ondata di gioia ancora più tenera gli sfuggì dal cuore e gli scorse come un caldo flusso nelle arterie. Come il tenero fuoco di stelle, attimi della loro vita insieme, di cui nessuno sapeva o avrebbe mai saputo, si scagliarono nella sua memoria illuminandola. Desiderava rammentarle quegli attimi, farle dimenticare gli anni della noiosa vita in comune e ricordarle soltanto gli attimi di estasi. Perché gli anni, sentiva, non avevano spento la sua anima o quella di lei. I bambini, lo scrivere, le cure della famiglia non avevano spento del tutto il tenero fuoco delle loro anime. In una lettera che le aveva scritto allora aveva detto: “Come mai parole come queste mi sembrano tanto fiacche e fredde? Forse perché non esiste per il tuo nome parola abbastanza tenera? Le parole scritte anni prima gli giunsero dal passato come una musica lontana. Moriva dal desiderio di rimanere solo con lei. Quando, andati via gli altri, lui e lei sarebbero stati nella loro camera in albergo, allora sarebbero stati soli, e insieme. (James Joyce)

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