My finger has worn away by marking (on the wall)
the days he has been absent while my eyes have lost their lustre and begin to fail.
O you bright-jewelled maid, if I forget (him) today,
my shoulders will lose their beauty even in the other life and make my bracelets loose.
I still live by longing for the arrival of him
who has gone out of love for victory and with valour as his guide.
My heart is rid of its sorrow and swells with rapture
to think of my absent lover returning with his love.
May I look on my lover till I am satisfied and
thereafter will vanish the sallowness of my slender shoulders.
May my husband return some day; and then
will I enjoy (him) so as to destroy all this agonizing sorrow.
On the return of him who is as dear as my eyes,
am I displeased or am I to embrace (him); or am I to do both?
Let the king fight and gain (victories);
(but) let me be united to my wife and feast the evening.
To those who suffer waiting for the day of return of their distant lovers
one day is as long as seven days.
After (my wife) has died of a broken heart,
what good will there be if she is to receive me, has received me, or has even embraced me?
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