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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
Beholding Her
By Luís de Camões (c. 1524–1580)
 
Translated by Robert Southey

WHEN I behold you, Lady! when my eyes
Dwell on the deep enjoyment of your sight,
I give my spirit to that one delight,
And earth appears to me a Paradise:
And when I hear you speak, and see you smile,        5
Full satisfied, absorb’d, my center’d mind
Deems all the world’s vain hopes and joys the while
As empty as the unsubstantial wind.
Lady! I feel your charms, yet dare not raise
To that high theme the unequal song of praise,—        10
A power for that to language was not given;
Nor marvel I, when I those beauties view,
Lady! that He, whose power created you,
Could form the stars and yonder glorious heaven.
 
 
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