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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
 
Sweden: Lapmark
Love-Song of a Laplander
Ewald Christian von Kleist (1715–1759)
 
Translated by Charles Timothy Brooks

COME, Zama, come, nor longer scorn thy lover,
            Queen of the fair;
O, come, or soon the snows of age shall cover
            My wasting hair.
 
Vain is thy flight, for Love hath wings more fleeting        5
            Than fleetest steed;
Nor driving snow nor hail-storm, fiercely beating,
            Shall stay my speed.
 
I ’ll stem the stream where wintry waves roll deepest,
            To come to thee;        10
I ’ll climb the crag where mountain walls rise steepest,
            Thy form to see.
 
No gloomy glen within its depths shall hide thee,
            Nor tangled shade;
Through brier and bog I ’ll follow close beside thee,        15
            Coy Lapland maid.
 
And shouldst thou still, shy maiden, fly before me
            Far o’er the sea,
I ’ll stand by Greenland’s breakers, hoarse and hoary,
            And cry to thee.        20
 
The long, long night is near; my heart is yearning,
            Sweet love, for thine.
My light, I see thee even now returning;—
            What joy is mine!
 
 
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