by James Joyce (1882 - 1941)

Dear heart, why will you use me so?
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT FRE
Dear heart, why will you use me so?
    Dear eyes that gently me upbraid, 
Still are you beautiful -- - but O,
    How is your beauty raimented!

Through the clear mirror of your eyes,
    Through the soft sigh of kiss to kiss, 
Desolate winds assail with cries
    The shadowy garden where love is.

And soon shall love dissolved be
    When over us the wild winds blow -- - 
But you, dear love, too dear to me,
    Alas! why will you use me so?

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Nicolaas (Koos) Jaspers) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2008-01-24
Line count: 12
Word count: 81