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270 Portuguese Joan de Guilhade (Thirteenth Century) “Friends, I cannot deny” Friends, I cannot deny Love wears me grievously, For I walk sorrowfully And sorrowfully I say: Those green eyes I have seen Changed me in this fashion. He that lends ear may learn Whose eyes draw my lament; And he may make complaint; This, live I or die, is mine: Those green eyes I have seen Changed me in this fashion. But no man should betray His senses’ weakening By sorrow in his speaking, And I say sorrowfully: Those green eyes I have seen Changed me in this fashion. W. S. Merwin, 1952 ...

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