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This poem dated 1869 has also been set to music by Paolo Tosti, Charles-Marie Widor, Henri Duparc and Alain Jacques. Literal translation (AJ):
Never to see her nor to hear her, Never aloud to say her name, But faithful, always to wait for her, Always to love her!
To open one’s arms and tired of waiting, On emptiness to close them, But again, always to hold them out for her, Always to love her!
Ah! to only be able to hold them out for her, And in tears to be consumed, But those tears always to shed them, Always to love her!
Never to see her nor to hear her, Never aloud to say her name, But with a love always more tender, Always to love her!