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At the Stern Temple

Он поклялся в строгом храме...

At the stern temple
he knelt to the Madonna's statue
and swore eternal truth
to the lady with faithful eyes.

And he forgot his secret marriage,
and spread his love like a feast.
One night he was stabbed in a duel
and came to Heaven's doors —

But the Madonna thundered,
"In my temple you swore
eternal truth
to the lady with faithful eyes.

"Leave! The King of Heaven does not reap
your kind of harvest.
Breakers of oaths
die, strangers to God."

Sad and stubborn
he fell at Her feet:
"I have yet to meet
the lady with faithful eyes."

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