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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Kiss Refused
By Apollon Maykov (1821–1897)
 
Translation of John Pollen

I WOULD kiss you, lover true!
  But I fear the moon would spy;
Little bright stars watch us too.
  Little stars might fall from sky
To the blue sea, telling all!        5
To the oars the sea will tell,
  Oars, in turn, tell Fisher Eno—
Him whom Mary loveth well:
And when Mary knows a thing,
  All the neighborhood will know;—        10
How by moonlight in the garden
  Where the fragrant flowers grow,
I caressed and fondly kissed thee,
  While the silver apple-tree
  Shed its bloom on you and me!        15
 
 
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