Serenading the Beloved

I gave thee my all but thou gavest me ashes,
That filled my mouth with dust. Scarce could I
Swallow as badly choked was I, a bitter taste
Lingers, a sacrifice of a prosperous joyful life!

What you gave to me, you took away all with
Interest thrown in! Would you punish one so
Close, who’d give you his all, just to please?
Alas! That I should please you no more.

Fain would I sacrifice my all to gain a place
At thy table, to sit in communion with thee,
But in my place sit thieves, liars and cheats,
Who charm thee with their fawning smiles!

Why should I retire in a dudgeon? I know well
The weather might change, and lift the veil of
Impenetrable haze that blinds you so! For one
So devoted to you, you favour a deceitful one!

So I serenade before your window knowing well
That I might win your favour, a smile from you
All I wish! The ashes might yet turn into reward
Fair, a communion of joy and glory so grand!

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