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

I’LL be a tree, if thou wilt be its blossom;
  I’ll be a flower, if thou wilt be its dew;
I’ll be the dew, if thou wilt be the sunbeam;
  Where’er thou art, let me be near thee too.
Wert thou the heaven of blue, beloved maiden,        5
  I a fixed star in that blue heaven would be;
And wert thou doomed to hell itself, dear woman,
  I’d seek perdition to be near to thee.
 
 
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