by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

She is a maid of artless grace
Language: English  after the Spanish (Español) 
She is a maid of artless grace,
Gentle in form, and fair of face,

Tell me, thou ancient mariner,
That sailest on the sea,
If ship, or sail or evening star
Be half so fair as she!

Tell me, thou gallant cavalier,
Whose shining arms I see,
If steel, or sword, or battle-field
Be half so fair as she!

Tell me, thou swain, that gnard'st thy flock
Beneath the shadowy tree,
If flock, or vale, or mountain-ridge
Be half so fair as she!

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This text was added to the website: 2008-06-23
Line count: 14
Word count: 83