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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Jewels
By Heinrich Heine (1797–1856)
 
Translation of Ernest Beard

BLUE sapphires are those eyes of thine,
  Those eyes so sweet and tender:
Oh, three times happy is the man
  Whom they shall happy render!
 
Thy heart’s a diamond, pure and clear,        5
  With radiance overflowing:
Oh, three times happy is the man
  Who sets that heart a-glowing!
 
Red rubies are those lips of thine—
  Love ne’er did fairer fashion:        10
Oh, three times happy is the man
  Who hears their vows of passion!
 
Oh, could I know that fortunate man,
  And meet him unattended
Beneath the forest trees so green—        15
  His luck would soon be ended!
 
 
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