Neo – Hellene Poets, an Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry 1750-2018

POEM BY DIONYSIOS SOLOMOS

FOR A GIRL LIVING IN A MONASTERY

Beautiful girl of the monastery,

here I am. I look for you, I wait for you.

Come out to the gate and hear me sing

the sweetest verse my heart has ever sung.

May the wall allow me to be heard,

may it not feel jealous of me,

and before you leave, may you come close,

so that in kissing you I quench this fire.

Beautiful girl of the monastery, come here

and know I cannot let your virgin state,

oh innocent girl, go to waste.

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