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 ;
     I would for ever thus in darkness rest
     So I might ever clasp him to my breast.

Armenian legends and poems by Zabelle C. Boyajian and Aram Raffi, London & New York, 1916.

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