Monday 29 August 2011

A poem from the same period, this time from Norway. The poet is Henrik Wergeland

With a bouquet

He has no soul who won’t believe
        that Nature is an open book,
that moss’s pallid rock-flowers have,
        like roses, voice as well as look.

My love, you know this as of old.
        The bell-flowers dreams to you disclose.
You know the lily’s silent soul,
        the words soft-spoken by the rose.

Let then your fantasy now seek
        midst summer flowers to roam so free!
And flowers, for her I charge you speak!
        For such a lovely flower is she.

On hills where dawn’s flush casts its spell
        there grow but roses like her cheek,
on peaks of light, where angels dwell,
        but lilies pure as she is meek.

And only there where blue of day
        like spring so clear does now arise,
grow violets in blue array
        as lovely as her pair of eyes.

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