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The voice of love

Language: English

When shadows o'er the landscape creep,
And twinkling stars pale vigils keep;
When flower-cups all with dewdrops gleam,
And moonshine floweth like a stream;
   Then is the hour
That hearts which love no longer dream, --
   Then is the hour
That the voice of love is a spell of power!

When shamefaced moonbeams kiss the lake,
And amorous leaves sweet music wake;
When slumber steals o'er every eye,
And Dian's self shines drowsily;
   Then is the hour
That hearts which love with rapture sigh, --
   Then is the hour
That the voice of love is a spell of power!

When surly mastiffs stint their howl,
And swathed in moonshine nods the owl;
When cottage-hearths are glimmering low,
And warder cocks forget to crow;
   Then is the hour
That hearts feel passion's overflow, --
   Then is the hour
That the voice of love is a spell of power!

When stilly night seems earth's vast grave,
Nor murmur comes from wood or wave;
When land and sea, in wedlock bound
By silence, sleep in bliss profound;
   Then is the hour
That hearts like living well-springs sound, --
   Then is the hour
That the voice of love is a spell of power!


Translation(s): GER

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Confirmed with Poems Narrative and Lyrical, Third Edition, Boston: William D. Ticknor & Company, MDCCCXLIV (1844), pages 179-180

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Heinrich Julius Heintze (1811 - 1860) , title unknown by Heinrich August Marschner.

Text added to the website: 2012-04-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:11
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Word count: 195

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