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ONE WISH ALONE HAVE I

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Written by Mihai Eminescu

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One wish alone have I: 
In some calm land 
Beside the sea to die; 
Upon its strand 
That I forever sleep, 
The forest near, 
A heaven clear 
Stretched o'er the peaceful deep.
No candles shine, Nor tomb I need, instead Let them for me a bed Of twigs entwine.
That no one weeps my end, Nor for me grieves, But let the autumn lend Tongues to the leaves, When brooklet ripples fall With murmuring sound, And moon is found Among the pine-trees tall, While softly rings The wind its trembling chime And over me the lime Its blossom flings.
As I will then no more A wanderer be, Let them with fondness store My memory.
And Lucifer the while, Above the pine, Good comrade mine, Will on me gently smile; In mournful mood, The sea sing sad refrain.
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And I be earth again In solitude.
------------ English version by Corneliu M.
Popescu Transcribed by Oana Dumitrache School No.
10, Focsani, Romania


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