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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
From Dmitriev—The Dove and The Stranger
By Sir John Bowring (1792–1872)
 
From ‘Specimens of the Russian Poets’

STRANGER
WHY mourning there so sad, thou gentle dove?
 
DOVE
I mourn, unceasing mourn, my vanished love.
 
STRANGER
What, has thy love then fled, or faithless proved?
 
DOVE
Ah no! the sportsman murdered him I loved!
 
STRANGER
Unhappy one! beware! that sportsman’s nigh!
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DOVE
Oh, let him come—or else of grief I die.
 
 
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