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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
May-Night
By Sándor Petőfi (1823–1849)
 
Translation of Sir John Bowring

NIGHT of May! thou night of peace and silence,
  When the moonlight silvers the starred vault;
Tell me then, blonde maiden! blue-eyed floweret,
  Shining pearl! what thoughts thy heart assault.
 
Mine are misty dreamings, passing shadows;        5
  But they keep me sleepless—crowning me
Like the monarch of a mighty kingdom,
  And the crown is held, dear maid! is held by thee.
 
What a theft it were, and what a contrast
  With the trashy purse that thieves purloin,        10
Could I steal these dreams, and then convert them
  Into solid and substantial coin!
 
 
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