If MY Verses Had Wings (based on a translation of Victor Hugo’s poem by Carrington [1895])

Songs as sweet as a soft bird’s wings
To your flowery lawn should fly,
If my verses caught such wings—
Wings of birds that waft the sky.

Like the spark that outward springs
They would light your secret path,
If my verses caught light wings—
Wings as May’s fleet spirit hath.

Near you, close as ivy clings,
They would snuggle night and day,
If my verses had pure wings—
Wings of love t’ ensure the way!

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