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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Serenade
By Jean Pierre Claris de Florian (1755–1794)
 
Translation of Thomas Walsh

WITHDRAW thy beams, thou moon unkind:—
  Sweet night, my tender secret keep;
Bear thou my sorrows, gentle wind,
  And whisper them where she doth sleep.
All else beside, who would not know        5
  The pain her heavenly glances make,
  Sleep on, sleep on; for if you wake
Yon must be rivals in my woe!
 
 
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