Abschied von der Welt
Farewell to the World

Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart Poems of Queen Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart

What use is this allotted time?
Earthly desire has died a lingering death,
Torment remains as long as I draw breath.
My only hope, the joy to hear my death-knell chime.

Cease, enemies, your envy of me!
My wish for noble honours is past.
Now, excessive agony consumes me;
Discord goes with me to the grave at last.

Friends, who think of me with love,
Without fortune, without power, now believe
There is no good I could achieve.

Do not then wish a return to happier days,
But, being punished sorely here on earth,
Pray that a share of peace eternal is my worth.