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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
Appendix
II. Unacknowledged and Uncollected Translations.
Pray for Me
 
By Charles-Hubert Millevoye

IN the hamlet desolate,
Brooding o’er his woes in vain,
Lay a young man, doomed by fate,
Wasted by disease and pain.
“People of the chaumière,”        5
Said he,“’t is the hour of prayer;
Ringing are the bells! all ye
Who are praying, pray for me!
 
“When you see the waterfall
Covered with dark boughs in spring,        10
You will say, He’s free from all,
All his pain and suffering.
Then returning to this shore
Sing your simple plaint once more,
And when ring the bells, all ye        15
Who are praying, pray for me.
 
“Falsehood I could not endure,
Was the enemy of hate;
Of an honest life and pure
The end approaches, and I wait.        20
Short my pilgrimage appears;
In the springtime of my years
I am dying; and all ye
Who are praying, pray for me.
 
“Best of friends and only friend,        25
Worthy of all love and praise,
Thine my life was to the end;
Ah, ’t was but a life of days.
People of the chaumière,
Pity, at the hour of prayer,        30
Her who comes with bended knee,
Saying also, Pray for me!”
 
 
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