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Cincinat Pavelescu

Adieu [Adio]

Let us just strangers to remain;
Each other's smile thus to reject,
That love is ultimately vain
Like in a dream to recollect!

And our past love, so badly scarred,
Let's cover with a thick black shroud
And chilly rays of disregard
To feel that in our hearts will crowd!

The memories to us will flee,
But we'll perceive them as a dream
That back in time in a great glee
We bathed our souls and made them gleam.

And let's not cry when bitter grief
Cuts in our hearts a painful sore;
For we'll preserve a sweet relief,
The smile of that dear love of yore!

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Cincinat Pavelescu

To the one I'm waiting for [Aşteptatei]

I'm thirsty for a new romance!
I long for its delights, it's true,
As wilting flowers crave the dew
Which gives them all a second chance.

I'm weary of the phony kiss,
That sightless lie which takes its toll...
In vain the dames who lost their soul
Have tried to make me feel the bliss!

Because the things that I adore
Are buried in my heart for sure,
Big gems of love sincere and pure
Like all the kisses sweet of yore.

I keep them there for you alone
And you'll receive them with much glee
When you some day are sent to me,
My wife, who now you're still unknown!

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Cincinat Pavelescu

Autumn twilight [Amurg de toamnă]

A flock of swallows quickly flies
I follow them with thoughtful eyes,
To distant lands they go again,
I feel within a secret pain!
For autumn chasing them with strife
Has fallen also on my life!
I'm sad to see they go away,
My eyes shed tears, my heart protests,
Yet, they'll be back to their dear nests,
But our sweet love, but our heyday?

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Cincinat Pavelescu

Depths [Adâncuri]

How smiles the lake and charms the eye
Under the sun's bright shining rays
When the blue image of the sky
Is mirrored by its sparkling waves.

And in the mud, in waters deep,
The fight is fierce and without break
For lots of beings fret and creep
When calm prevails upon the lake.

We smile deceiving all along
As do the waves which gently roll.
We look composed, but passions strong
Hide in the depths of our poor soul!

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Dead love song [Cântec de dragoste moartă]

I thought we'd be forever together on this earth
Putting aside what others had said and done amiss
Turning our souls enraptured into a dainty kiss
And even grief perceiving as pure and holy mirth.

We had been fated surely from other lives to meet
In this material kingdom, be happy for a while;
I saw how blossomed gently into my chest your smile
When morn turned into twilight and lingered at my feet.

My hands caressed your being and touched your heart a lot
And in your eyes my keen sight its longing did fulfill
You were my peace and comfort, I lived your pleasant thrill
Anointing your white forehead with an unblemished thought.

Alas, your love has wilted, while mine grows everyday...
The distance and the silence are digging its cold tomb,
But I still bless the sorrow and the distressing gloom.
When I'm not yours, inside me you will forever stay.

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Tudor Arghezi

Belated love [Dragoste târzie]

Whether I loved you as you love, I think
My heart would whisper yes, my mind would shrink.
You thought the flood would take away my ark
And I'd be set on fire by your spark.
Where did you come from with that pretty face,
To bring me stars and thrills with your embrace?
You didn't realize you were beguiled,
I barely thought you could have been my child.
The crazy love, with its ironic smile
Two strangers brings together for a while,
And makes their age seem equal on the spot
O, slender woman, passionate and hot.
You're young, and haughty, and extremely fair,
You want me badly and you do not care
That both your folks and mine will lose their peace
And sacrifice them all to your caprice.
You wanted to get out of your white lace
And in my heart my verses to replace.
Intoxicated by the love's sweet charms
You wanted to stay always in my arms,

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Iulia Haşdeu

O, God! [O, Doamne!]

O, God! I beg for mercy, I'd like so much to die!
I haven't turned sixteen yet! But, lo, my life is dull,
My heart is full of sorrow, my hopes are vain and dry
And without friends I'm only a wretched empty hull!

I'd rather die abruptly. I cannot even weep,
And tears are sweet and charming if one has gone astray...
When from my eyes is useless to try some tears to reap,
I hope that death will give me its comfort in the clay.

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Ion Minulescu

Nocturne [Nocturnă]

That night the moon resembled a skull that through a blow
By guillotine was cut, then dumped into the Sea –
A head, which the dark billows, with a malicious glee
Towards the beacon rolled, which in the port did glow.

That night the moon resembled a ball of shining twine
Which fell from the right hand of God, who in this life
Ties and unties all people, forgives their sin and strife
And makes them leave the winter to meet the spring divine.

That night the moon resembled an amber nice to see
Detached from the Christ's belt, who died as a meek sheep
To rise again and banish the deep and dreamless sleep
And sanctify His cross left on the Calvary!...

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Iulia Haşdeu

Magdalena

When autumn wind through forest crawls
The leafless trees to shake and scold,
You, madam, think of fancy balls, –
I, that my fireplace is cold...

When fluffy flakes of snow appear
From whitish clouds, floating about,
You think of dresses soft and dear, –
I, that my frock is now worn out...

And in those winter nights sublime
When on the piano play a tune,
You think you're cherished all the time, –
I, that I'll sell my body soon...

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Iulia Haşdeu

Why [De ce?]

More thoughtful and disheartened, too,
On the same road he went away
He didn't smile like used to do...
Oh, why on Earth he came my way?

He's mad at me or so it seems:
His heart is cold? I cannot say,
I troubled not his cloudless dreams...
Oh, why on Earth he came my way?

But at my window from the drive
With dreary eyes he looked today
Maybe his love is still alive...
If not, why would he come my way?

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