by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes

Come again: sweet love doth now invite
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER ITA
Come again:
Sweet love doth now invite, 
Thy graces that refrain,
To do me due delight,
To see, to hear, to touch, to kiss, to die,
With thee again in sweetest sympathy.

Come again
That I may cease to mourn,
Through thy unkind disdain:
For now left and forlorn,
I sit, I sigh, I weep, I faint, I die,
In deadly pain and endless misery.

All the day
That sun that lends me shine
By frowns doth cause me pine
And feeds me with delay:
Her smiles, my springs that make my joys to grow,
Her frowns, the winters of my woe.

All the night
My sleep is full of dreams,
My eyes are full of streams,
My heart takes no delight
To see the fruits and joys that some do find,
And mark the storms to me assigned,

Out, alas,
My faith is ever true,
Yet will she never rue,
Nor yield me any grace;
Her eyes of fire, her heart of flint is made,
Whom tears nor truth may once invade.

Gentle Love,
Draw forth thy wounding dart,
Thou canst not pierce her heart,
For I that to approve,
By sighs and tears more hot than are thy shafts,
Did tempt, while she for [mighty]1 triumph laughs.

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , title 1: "Ritorna: un tenero amore ora invoca…", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) , title 1: "Kehre zurück: Süße Liebe bittet nun deine Gunst", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Gerald Kirsch

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 36
Word count: 209

Kehre zurück: Süße Liebe bittet nun deine Gunst
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Kehre zurück: 
Süße Liebe bittet nun deine Gunst,
die du mir vorenthältst,
mich gebührend zu beglücken,
so dass wir uns in süßem Einvernehmen erneut
sehen, hören, berühren, küssen
und gemeinsam sterben.

Kehre zurück,
damit ich nicht mehr trauern muss,
weil du mich grausam verachtest:
Denn jetzt sitze ich allein und verzweifelt,
seufze, weine,
verliere die Besinnung und
sterbe in tödlichem Schmerz
und unendlichem Elend.


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This text was added to the website: 2015-10-13
Line count: 15
Word count: 64