ARMENIAN WRITINGS

Yesternight I walked Abroad

ANONYMOUS YESTERNIGHT I walked abroad.From the clouds sweet dews were falling,     And my love stood in the road,All in green, and to me calling.     To her home she led me straight,Shut and barred the gate securely ;     Whoso tries to force that gateBrave I’ll reckon him most surely ! ...
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The Apple Tree

THE door of Heaven open seemed     And in thy house the sunlight gleamed. As through the garden’s willow’d walks I hiedFull many a tree and blossom I espied.But of all trees, the Apple Tree most fairAnd beautiful did unto me appear.It sobbed and wept. Its leaves said murmuringly :” ...
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O Night, be long, by Nahabed Kouchak

O NIGHT, be long—long as an endless year !Descend, thick darkness, black and full of fear !     To-night my heart’s desire has been fulfilled—     My love is here at last—a guest concealed ! Dawn, stand behind seven mountains—out of sight,Lest thou my loved one banish with thy light ...
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Black Eyes, by Avetik Isahakian

(Born 1875) Do not trust black eyes, but fear them :—    Gloom they are, and endless night ;Woes and perils lurking near them—    Love not thou their gleaming bright ! In my heart a sea of blood wells,    Called up by their cruel might,No calm ever in that flood dwells—    Love not thou ...
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The Exile’s Song

BELOVÈD one, for thy sweet sake,By whirlwinds tossed and swayed I roam ;The stranger’s accents round me wakeThese burning thoughts that wander home.No man such longings wild can bearAs in my heart forever rise.Oh that the wind might waft me thereWhere my belovèd’s vineyard lies !Oh ...
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