Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | June 16, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Trouble Not the Maiden’s Soul

by Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804 – 1877).

Trouble Not the Maiden’s Soul

On the bank the maiden sat,
Bathed her feet there in the brook,
When a bird above her sang:
“Maiden, trouble not the brook!
Heaven is no more mirrored there.”                5
Then the maiden raised her glance
And with weeping eyes she said:
“Do not sorrow for the brook,
Soon the brook will clear again.
When you saw me on a day                          10
Standing here beside a youth,
Unto him you should have said:
‘Trouble not the maiden’s soul,
For it never will be clear,
Never mirror heaven again.’ ”                       15

(Transl. by Charles Wharton Stork)


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