Which way is best my feelings to indite
to make you understand this love upon
which all my thoughts and yearnings have been drawn
since first you set my passions to ignite?
Just briefly I'm endowed this Queen of Night,
and drink your fragrance till the break of dawn
brings light by which your beauty is withdrawn
and we by next year's summer reunite.
How long am I expected to contain
this stark desire that has claimed my mind
in ways no other soul can comprehend?
And how can I endeavor to explain
when I by chains and shackles am confined,
a silent watcher till the bitter end?