|Jacob & Rachel by William Dyce (1853)|
Labão, pai de Raquel, serrana bela;
mas não servia o pai, servia a ela,
e a ela só por prémio pretendia.
passava, contentando-se com vê-la;
porém o pai, usando de cautela,
em lugar de Raquel lhe dava Lia.
lhe fora assi negada a sua pastora,
como se não a tivera merecida,
dizendo: Mais servira, se não fora
para tão longo amor tão curta a vida!
Seven years as shepherd Jacob served
Laban, father of Rachel beautiful country maid
But he did not serve the father, he served her
And she only was the prize he wanted
The days, in the hope of one only day,
Passed, having to be content seeing her
But the father, in his cunning,
In place of Rachel gave him Leah
The sad shepherd seeing that with trickery
Was thus denied his shepherdess
As if he had not deserved her
Began to serve another seven years
Saying: More would I serve if it were not
For so long a love, so short a life!
Well, it brings tears to my eyes. At least I have my Rachel.