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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Mandoline
By Paul Verlaine (1844–1896)
 
Translation of Gertrude Hall

THE COURTLY serenaders,
  The beauteous listeners,
Sit idling ’neath the branches;
  A balmy zephyr stirs.
 
It’s Tircis and Aminta,        5
  Clitandre,—ever there!—
Damis, of melting sonnets
  To many a frosty fair.
 
Their trailing flowery dresses,
  Their fine beflowered coats,        10
Their elegance and lightness,
  And shadows blue,—all floats
 
And mingles,—circling, wreathing,
  In moonlight opaline,
While through the zephyr’s harping        15
  Tinkles the mandoline.
 
 
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