Thursday, 21 September 2017

Theodorakis, Elytis, Venetsanou

This is Nina Venetsanou singing Marina, music by Theodorakis, from the poem by Odysseas Eltytis.

Give me mint and basil
verbena too to smell
For with these I would kiss you
what first would I recall

The fountain with the doves
the sword Archangels keep
The orchard with the stars
and the well so deep

The nights I took you out
to the sky’s other vista
And as you’d rise I’d see you
like the Dawn-Star’s sister

Marina my green star
Marina Dawn-Star’s shine
Marina my wild dove
and lily of summertime.