by Mary Ann Evans (1819 - 1880), as George Eliot

Sweet evenings come and go, love
Language: English 
    "La noche buena se viene,
    La noche buena se va,
    Y nosotros nos iremos
    Y no volveremos mas."
                        -- Old Villancico.

Sweet evenings come and go, love,
  They came and went of yore:
This evening of our life, love,
  Shall go and come no more.

When we have passed away, love,
  All things will keep their name;
But yet no life on earth, love,
  With ours will be the same.

The daisies will be there, love,
  The stars in heaven will shine:
I shall not feel thy wish, love,
  Nor thou my hand in thine.

A better time will come, love,
  And better souls be born:
I would not be the best, love,
  To leave thee now forlorn.

Note: the first stanza is a translation of the epigram, which comes from an old Spanish Christmas song. The full text is here.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-10-07
Line count: 21
Word count: 119