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  • Why don’t you come?

    See the swallows quit the eaves
    And fall the yellow walnut leaves,
    The vines with autumn frost are numb,
    Why don’t you come, why don’t you come?

    Oh, come into my arms’ embrace
    That I may gaze upon your face,
    And lay my head in grateful rest
    Against your breast, against your breast !

    Do you remember when we strayed
    The meadows and the secret glade,
    I kissed you midst flowering thyme
    How many a time, how many a time?

    Some women on the earth there are
    Whose eyes shine as the evening star,
    But be their charm no matter what,
    Like you they’re not, like you they’re not!

    For you shine in my soul always
    More softly than the starlight blaze,
    More splendid than the risen sun,
    Beloved one, beloved one !

    But it is late in autumn now,
    The leaves have fallen from the bough,
    The fields are bare, the birds are dumb.
    Why don’t you come, why don’t you come?


    Translated by Corneliu M. Popescu