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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Sonnet: ‘The tricks of pleasing thou hast aye disdained’
By Adam Mickiewicz (1798–1855)
 
Translation of Charles Harvey Genung

THE TRICKS of pleasing thou hast aye disdained;
  Thy words are plain, and simple all thy ways;
  Yet throngs, admiring, tremble ’neath thy gaze,
And in thy queenly presence stand enchained.
Amid the social babble unconstrained,        5
  I heard men speak of women words of praise,
  And with a smile each turned some honeyed phrase.
Thou cam’st,—and lo! a sacred silence reigned.
Thus when the dancers with each other vie,
  And through the merry mazes whirling go,        10
Abruptly all is hushed: they wonder why,
  And no one can the subtle reason show.
The poet speaks: “There glides an angel by!”
  The guest all dimly feel, but few do know.
 
 
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