One step on friendship’s road
Fairer I see
Than the moat pressing load
Of piety.

Take for thy rest awhile
This heart of mine
And lay aside thy toil
And task divine.

O come; and tidings bring
How stands my heart,
Where I am wandering,
And where thou art.

Recall those glances pure
Of love intense
How long must I endure

Last night the burning moon
Did me address:
‘Accept the anguish, son,
Of unaccess.’

Fair spake she; but, ah yes,
My creed of love
To live in loneliness
Doth not approve.

Before thee I have laid
This heart of mine;
Raply the twist thread
Thou canst untwine.