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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: ‘Far as I journey from my lady fair’
By Johannes Hadloub (13th Century)
 
Translation of Edgar Taylor

FAR as I journey from my lady fair,
I have a messenger who quickly goes,
Morning, and noon, and at the evening’s close:
Where’er she wanders, he pursues her there.
  A restless, faithful, secret messenger        5
Well may he be, who, from my heart of hearts,
Charged with love’s deepest secrets, thus departs,
      And wings his way to her!
’Tis every thought I form that doth pursue
          Thee, lady fair!        10
          Ah! would that there
My wearied self had leave to follow too!
 
 
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