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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
The Heart without a Home
By Gottfried August Bürger (1747–1794)
Translated by Capel Lofft

LONG like a dove by the fierce falcon driven,
  Hither and thither wandered sad my Love;—
  And simply it imagined, like a dove,
That it had reached at length its tranquil heaven.
Ah, Faith! to fond delusions vainly given;        5
  And Fate! conceived by none but those who prove;
  That home from which it dreaded no remove
Is by the instant stroke of lightning riven!
Hither and thither still it wanders now;
  Poor little dove! ’twixt earth and heaven remains        10
No object for its wing;—the Fates allow
  No kindred Heart in solace of its pains;
  Not one this desolated Earth contains
That might return its warmth, that might reward its vow.

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