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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
The Good Shepherd
By Lope de Vega (1562–1635)
 
Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

SHEPHERD! who with thine amorous, sylvan song
Hast broken the slumber that encompassed me,—
That mad’st thy crook from the accursèd tree,
On which thy powerful arms were stretched so long!
Lead me to mercy’s ever-flowing fountains;        5
For thou my shepherd, guard, and guide shalt be;
I will obey thy voice, and wait to see
Thy feet all beautiful upon the mountains.
Hear, Shepherd!—Thou who for thy flock art dying,
O, wash away these scarlet sins, for thou        10
Rejoicest at the contrite sinner’s vow.
O, wait!—to thee my weary soul is crying,—
Wait for me!—Yet why ask it when I see,
With feet nailed to the cross, thou’rt waiting still for me.
 
 
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