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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Amaryllis
By Friedrich Rückert (1788–1866)
 
Translation of Charles Harvey Genung

DO not bid me welcome, dearest;
  Do not say to me, “Good-by!”
When I come, thy kisses, dearest;
  When I go, then breathe a sigh.
 
Not when coming thou dost see me,        5
  Do I come to thee, my dear:
Ever when I’m parted from thee
  Stays my heart behind me here.
 
Nor when going thou dost see me,
  Do I leave the sacred spot:        10
Dearest, I remain there in the
  Chamber, though thou know’st it not.
 
 
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