I who (then) consented to the absence of my loving lord,
to whom can I (now) relate the fact of my having turned sallow.
Sallowness, as if proud of having been
caused by him, would now ride on my person.
He has taken (away) my beauty and modesty,
and given me instead disease and sallowness.
I think (of him); and what I speak about is but
his excellence; still is there sallowness; and this is deceitful.
Just as my lover departed then,
did not sallowness spread here on my person ?
Just as darkness waits for the failing light;
so does sallowness wait for the laxity of my husband's intercourse.
I who was in close embrace just turned aside and the moment I did so,
sallowness came on me like something to be seized on.
Besides those who say "she has turned sallow"
there are none who say he has forsaken her.
If he is clear of guilt who has conciliated me
(to his departure) let my body suffer its due and turn sallow.
It would be good to be said of me that I have turned sallow,
if friends do not reproach with unkindness him who pleased me (then).
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