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Language: English

Why, Julia, say, that pensive mien?
I heard thy bosom sighing;
How quickly on thy cheek is seen
The blush, as quickly flying!
Why mark I, in thy soften'd eye,
Once with light spirit beaming,
A silent tear I know not why,
In trem'lous luster gleaming?

Come, tell me all thy bosom pain:
Perhaps some faithless lover?
Nay, droop not thus, the rose with rain
May sink, yet still recover.
O Julia! My words recall,
My thoughts too rud'ly guide me;
I see afresh thy sorrows fall,
They seem to plead and chide me.

I too, the secret would have known,
That makes existence languish,
Links [to]1 the soul on thought alone,
And that, a thought of anguish;
Forgive, forgive, an aching heart,
That vainly hoped to cheer thee
These tears may tell thee, while they start,
How all thy griefs endear thee!

Translation(s): GER

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1 or possibly "for" [suggested by a correspondent after hearing a recording]

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


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Text added to the website: 2004-08-18.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:09
Line count: 24
Word count: 143

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