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

THE WIND the other night blew down the Love
  That in the dimmest corner of the park
  So subtly used to smile, bending his arc,
And sight of whom did us so deeply move
 
One day! The other night’s wind blew him down!        5
  The marble dust whirls in the morning breeze.
  Oh, sad to view, o’erblotted by the trees,
There on the base, the name of great renown!
 
Oh, sad to view the empty pedestal!
  And melancholy fancies come and go        10
  Across my dream, whereon a day of woe
Foreshadowed is—I know what will befall!
 
Oh, sad!—And you are saddened also, Sweet,
  Are not you, by this scene? although your eye
  Pursues the gold and purple butterfly        15
That flutters o’er the wreck strewn at our feet.
 
 
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