by: Luis Vas de Camões
- EAVE me,
all sweet refrains my lip hath made;
- Leave me, all instruments attuned for song;
- Leave me, all fountains pleasant meads among;
- Leave me, all charms of garden and glade;
- Leave me, all melodies the pipe hath played;
- Leave me, all rural feast and sportive throng;
- Leave me, all flocks the reed beguiles along;
- Leave me, all shepherds happy in the shade.
- Sun, moon and stars, for me no longer glow;
- Night would I have, to wail for vanished peace;
- Let me from pole to pole no pleasure know;
- Let all that I have loved and cherished cease;
- But see that thou forsake me not, my Woe,
- Who wilt, by killing, finally release.
--Translated by Richard Garnett
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"Sonnet" is reprinted
from Hispanic Anthology: Poems Translated from the Spanish
by English and North American Poets. Ed. Thomas Walsh. New
York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1920.