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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Author Unknown

Folk-Songs: “O dove, that flying o’er the hill”

Translation of Alma Strettell

O DOVE, that flying o’er the hill, dost stay thee

To make thy nest among the stones for cover,

Lend me a feather from thy wing, I pray thee,

That I may write a letter to my lover.

And when it’s writ all fine, and doth content me,

I’ll give thee back the pen that thou hast lent me;

And when it’s written out and sealed together,

O dove, I’ll give thee back the love-steeped feather.