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

LOVELY Idol of my soul,
  Victim of a wounded heart,—
See my grief beyond control;
  Live, sweet one, do not depart!
For myself do I implore:        5
Live, or I can live no more!
 
Thou hast told me o’er and o’er
  That thy heart was mine alone;
Thou art all my earthly store,
  And thou desirest to be gone.        10
For myself do I implore:
Live, or I can live no more.
 
My destiny is bound with thine,
  But yet I cannot stay thy fate;
Oh, what a bitter lot is mine        15
  That I must live—disconsolate!
For myself do I implore:
Live, or I can live no more!
 
 
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