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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
I. Disappointment in Love
Blighted Love
Luís de Camões (c. 1524–1580)
From the Portuguese by Lord Strangford

FLOWERS are fresh, and bushes green,
  Cheerily the linnets sing;
Winds are soft, and skies serene;
  Time, however, soon shall throw
          Winter’s snow        5
O’er the buxom breast of Spring!
Hope, that buds in lover’s heart,
  Lives not through the scorn of years;
Time makes love itself depart;
  Time and scorn congeal the mind,—        10
          Looks unkind
Freeze affection’s warmest tears.
Time shall make the bushes green;
  Time dissolve the winter snow;
Winds be soft, and skies serene;        15
  Linnets sing their wonted strain:
          But again
Blighted love shall never blow!

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