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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Song: ‘See how from the meadows pass’
By Konrad von Würzburg (1220?–1287)
 
Translation of Edgar Taylor

    SEE how from the meadows pass
    Brilliant flowers and verdant grass;
All their hues now they lose: o’er them hung,
    Mournful robes the woods invest,
    Late with leafy honors drest.        5
Yesterday the roses gay blooming sprung,
    Beauteously the fields adorning;
      Now their sallow branches fail:
    Wild her tuneful notes at morning
      Sung the lovely nightingale;        10
Now in woe, mournful, low, is her song.
 
    Nor for lily nor rose sighs he,
    Nor for birds’ sweet harmony,
He to whom winter’s gloom brings delight:
    Seated by his leman dear,        15
    He forgets the altered year;
Sweetly glide at eventide the moments bright.
    Better this than culling posies:
      For his lady’s love he deems
    Sweeter than the sweetest roses;        20
      Little he the swain esteems
Not possessing that best blessing—love’s delight.
 
 
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