[Another of the love-songs addressed to Frederica.]
QUICK throbb’d my heart: to norse! haste, haste,
And lo! ’twas done with speed of light;
The evening soon the world embraced,
And o’er the mountains hung the night.
Soon stood, in robe of mist, the oak,
A tow’ring giant in his size,
Where darkness through the thicket broke,
And glared with hundred gloomy eyes.
From out a hill of clouds the moon
With mournful gaze began to peer:
The winds their soft wings flutter’d soon,
And murmur’d in mine awe-struck ear;
The night a thousand monsters made,
Yet fresh and joyous was my mind;
What fire within my veins then play’d!
What glow was in my bosom shrin’d!
I saw thee, and with tender pride
Felt thy sweet gaze pour joy on me;
While all my heart was at thy side.
And every breath I breath’d for thee.
The roseate hues that spring supplies
Were playing round thy features fair,
And love for me ye Deities!
I hoped it, I deserved it ne’er!
But, when the morning sun return’d,
Departure filled with grief my heart:
Within thy kiss, what rapture burn’d!
But in thy look, what bitter smart!
I went thy gaze to earth first roved
Thou follow’dst me with tearful eye:
And yet, what rapture to be loved!
And, Gods, to love what ecstasy!