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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
 
I. Disappointment in Love
Fidelity in Doubt
Guiraud Le Roux (1110–1147)
 
From the French by Harriet Waters Preston

      COME, lady, to my song incline,
      The last that shall assail thine ear.
      None other cares my strains to hear,
And scarce thou feign’st thyself therewith delighted!
Nor know I well if I am loved or slighted;        5
But this I know, thou radiant one and sweet,
That, loved or spurned, I die before thy feet!
      Yea, I will yield this life of mine
      In every deed, if cause appear,
      Without another boon to cheer.        10
Honor it is to be by thee incited
To any deed; and I, when most benighted
By doubt, remind me that times change and fleet,
And brave men still do their occasion meet.
 
 
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