I Take My Leave of You

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I Take My Leave of You (15th century) 
by Džore Držić, translated by Wikisource
Croatian English
Odiljam se

Odiljam se, moja vilo, Bog da nam bude u družbu;
                    Plač i suze i moju tužbu da bi znala,
                                                          moja vilo!
Odiljam se a ne vijem komu ostavljam ličce bilo.
Pokle ti je služba mila koju ti sam ja činio,
     A sad te sam ucvilio, ostaj zbogom, moja vilo!
            Odiljam se….
Putovaje, uzdihaje iz srdačcem svaki danak,
     A na oči moje sanak da t’ne priđe,
                                                          moja vilo!
            Odiljam se….
Sila mi je putovati; oh, gorka je moja srjeća
     Od svijeh tuga ma najveća, da bi znala, moja vilo!
            Odiljam se….
Ne uzdam se u dni kratke da te viđu, srce moje,
     Koje ostavljam da je tvoje; ostaj zbogom,
                                                          moja vilo!
            Odiljam se…
Ako drumak pomanjkaje ter te život moj ne vidi,
     Srce moje ne slobodi; ostaj zbogom, moja vilo!
            Odiljam se…
Neka srce ne zabludi da ne bude drugoj služit,
     A s tobom se ne razdružit; ostaj zbogom, moja vilo!
            Odiljam se….
Ja ti dadoh vjeru moju do života da te služim,
     A po smrti da te združim; ostaj zbogom,
                                                          moja vilo!
            Odiljam se….
Govori se: pravi sluga i tko bude vjeran biti
     Uvijek neće izgubiti, tko se bude potruditi.
Odiljam se, moja vilo. Oh, kako ja, moja vilo,
    Odiljam se a ne vijem komu ostavljam ličce bilo.

I Take My Leave of You

I do, my love, take leave of you, may God's good grace go with us both;
                I wish that you could only know by sobs and tears and grief,
                                                                                          my love!
I take my leave, but I know not to whom I leave your face so white.
Because you find love's service dear which unto you I rendered once,
      but now I haave afflicited you, oh may you e'er fare well, my love!
            I take my leave...
As each day I do wend my way and my dear heart for you does sigh,
     I fear that sleep may never come, sweet solace to these eyes,
                                                                                          my love;
            I take my leave...
No choice have I except to go, and oh, how bitter is my lot;
     of all the woes min is the worst, if only you could know, my love!
            I take my leave...
I have no hope in this short life of seeing you again, my heart,
     and so this heart I leave with you; oh may you e'er fare well.
                                                                                          my love!
            I take my leave...
If I do falter on my way ne'er again do see this life,
     do never let my heart be free; oh may you e'er fare well, my love!
            I take my leave...
Oh may my heart not go astray to serve in love some other maid,
     thereby to be from you apart; oh may you e'er fare well, my love!
            I take my leave...
I gave to you my word so true to serve you and all my livelong days,
     and after death be joined to you; oh may you e'er fare well,
                                                                                          my love!
            I take my lave...
They say: Whoe'er in truth will serve and will to be to his love true
     will never suffer any loss, the man who strives to take such pains.
I do, my love, take leave of you. Oh how can I do so, my love!
     I take my leave, but I know not to whom I leave your face so white.

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Original:
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.
 
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