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

AND what is sorrow? ’Tis a boundless sea.
          And what is joy?
A little pearl in that deep ocean’s bed;
I sought it—found it—held it o’er my head,
          And to my soul’s annoy,        5
It fell into the ocean’s depth again,
And now I look and long for it in vain.
 
 
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