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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
 
I. Disappointment in Love
The Palm and the Pine
Heinrich Heine (1797–1856)
 
From the German by Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton

BENEATH an Indian palm a girl
  Of other blood reposes;
Her cheek is clear and pale as pearl
  Amid that wild of roses.
 
Beside a northern pine a boy        5
  Is leaning fancy-bound,
Nor listens where with noisy joy
  Awaits the impatient hound.
 
Cool grows the sick and feverish calm,
  Relaxed the frosty twine,—        10
The pine-tree dreameth of the palm,
  The palm-tree of the pine.
 
As soon shall nature interlace
  Those dimly-visioned boughs,
As these young lovers face to face        15
  Renew their early vows.
 
 
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