O Remain

Mihai Eminescu

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"O remain, dear one, I love you,
Stay with me in my fair land,
For your dreamings and your longings
Only I can understand.
You, who like a prince reclining
Over the pool with heaven starred;
You who gaze up from the water
With such earnest deep regard.

Stay, for where the lapping wavelets
Shake the tall and tasseled grass,
I will make you hear in secret
How the furtive chamois pass.

Oh, I see you wrapped in magic,
Hear your murmur low and sweet,
As you break the shallow water
With your slender naked feet;

See you thus amidst the ripples
Which the moon's pale beams engage,
And your years seem but an instant,
And each instant seems an age."

Thus spake the woods in soft entreaty;
Arching boughs above me bent,
But I whistled high, and laughing
Out into the open went.

Now though even I roamed that country
How could I its charm recall ...
Where has boyhood gone, I wonder,
With its pool and woods and all?

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  • eddiesca05556

    Just read "O Remain" and it really hit me right in the feels! It's such a beautifully written poem about love and longing, and the desire to stay in a magical place with someone special. The imagery and emotions in this poem are so strong, it makes me nostalgic for my own past and the special people and places that have slipped away over time. I think many of use have had that feeling of wanting to hold on to the magic of a moment, and this poem captures it perfectly. Wish I could go back in time and experience it all once again...times like this shows were the good old days!

    • jerefranz93

      I remember reading this beautiful piece by Mihai Eminescu when I was a bit younger. It's such a sweet and tender call to stay in a magical land, in a time of innocence and wonder. The lines "Oh, I see you wrapped in magic, Hear your murmur low and sweet" always stick with me. Truly nostalgic!