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Lewis Carroll (Льюис Кэрролл)


A Valentine


Sent to a friend who had complained that I was glad enough to see
him when he came, but didn't seem to miss him if he stayed away.

And cannot pleasures, while they last,
Be actual unless, when past,
They leave us shuddering and aghast,
With anguish smarting?
And cannot friends be firm and fast,
And yet bear parting?

And must I then, at Friendship's call,
Calmly resign the little all
(Trifling, I grant, it is and small)
I have of gladness,
And lend my being to the thrall
Of gloom and sadness?

And think you that I should be dumb,
And full DOLORUM OMNIUM,
Excepting when YOU choose to come
And share my dinner?
At other times be sour and glum
And daily thinner?

Must he then only live to weep,
Who'd prove his friendship true and deep
By day a lonely shadow creep,
At night-time languish,
Oft raising in his broken sleep
The moan of anguish?

The lover, if for certain days
His fair one be denied his gaze,
Sinks not in grief and wild amaze,
But, wiser wooer,
He spends the time in writing lays,
And posts them to her.

And if the verse flow free and fast,
Till even the poet is aghast,
A touching Valentine at last
The post shall carry,
When thirteen days are gone and past
Of February.

Farewell, dear friend, and when we meet,
In desert waste or crowded street,
Perhaps before this week shall fleet,
Perhaps to-morrow.
I trust to find YOUR heart the seat
Of wasting sorrow. 



Lewis Carroll's other poems:
  1. Охота на Снарка. Трали-Врали в Восьми Финтах. Финт Пятый. Бобёр-ученикThe Hunting of the Snark. Fit the Fifth. The Beaver’s Lesson
  2. Охота на Снарка. Трали-Врали в Восьми Финтах. Финт Шестой. Сон БалаболаThe Hunting of the Snark. Fit the Sixth. The Barrister’s Dream
  3. Охота на Снарка. Трали-Врали в Восьми Финтах. Финт Третий. Что сказал БулочникThe Hunting of the Snark. Fit the Third. The Bayker’s Tale
  4. Охота на Снарка. Трали-Врали в Восьми Финтах. Финт Четвёртый. ОхотаThe Hunting of the Snark. Fit the Fourth. The Hunting
  5. Охота на Снарка. Трали-Врали в Восьми Финтах. Финт Второй. Речь БалабанаThe Hunting of the Snark. Fit the Second. The Bellman’s Speech


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Dinah Craik (Дина Крейк) A Valentine ("YE are twa laddies unco gleg")
  • Edgar Poe (Эдгар По) A Valentine ("For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes")
  • James Fields (Джеймс Филдс) A Valentine ("She that is fair, though never vain or proud")

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