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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Gondoliera
By Emanuel Geibel (1815–1884)
 
Translation of Frances Hellman

OH, come to me when through the night
    The starry legions ride!
Then o’er the sea, in the moonshine bright,
    Our gondola will glide.
The air is soft as a lover’s jest,        5
    And gently gleams the light;
The zither sounds, and thy soul is blest
    To join in this delight.
Oh, come to me when through the night
    The starry legions ride!        10
Then o’er the sea, in the moonshine bright,
    Our gondola will glide.
 
This is the hour for lovers true,
    Darling, like thee and me;
Serenely smile the heavens blue        15
    And calmly sleeps the sea.
And as it sleeps, a glance will say
    What speech in vain has tried;
The lips then do not shrink away,
    Nor is a kiss denied.        20
Oh, come to me when through the night
    The starry legions ride!
Then o’er the sea, in the moonshine bright,
    Our gondola will glide.
 
 
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