Wild with passion, sorrow beladen
Wild with passion, sorrow beladen,
Bend the thought of thy stormy soul
On its home, on its heaven, the loved maiden;
And peace shall come at her eyes' control.
Even so night's starry rest possesses
With its gentle spirit these tamed waters,
And bids the wave with weedy tresses
Embower the ocean's pavement stilly
Where the sea-girls lie, the mermaid-daughters,
Whose eyes, not born to weep,
More palely-lidded sleep
Than in our fields the lily;
And sighing in their rest
More sweet than is [its]1 breath;
And quiet as its death
Upon a lady's breast.
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- GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Vor Leidenschaft wild", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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