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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

See’st Thou the Sea?

By Emanuel Geibel (1815–1884)

Translation of Frances Hellman

SEE’ST thou the sea? The sun gleams on its wave

With splendor bright;

But where the pearl lies buried in its cave

Is deepest night.

The sea am I. My soul, in billows bold,

Rolls fierce and strong;

And over all, like to the sunlight’s gold,

There streams my song.

It throbs with love and pain as though possessed

Of magic art,

And yet in silence bleeds, within my breast,

My gloomy heart.