Would thou wert a broom once more!
In many a hundred little fold.
"My greatest foeman from that day,Ye led my dearest friends astray,--
And seeks the forest green,Proof of imprisonment he bears behind him,A morsel of the thread once used to bind him;
Then continued the host, with thoughts full of manhood and wisdom"Oft have I greeted with wonder the rolling flood of the Rhine stream,When, on my business trav'lling, I've once more come to its borders.Grand has it ever appear'd, exalting my feelings and senses;But I could never imagine that soon its beautiful marginInto a wall would be turn'd, to keep the French from our country,And its wide-spreading bed a ditch to hinder and check them.So by Nature we're guarded, we're guarded by valorous Germans,And by the Lord we're guarded; who then would foolishly tremble?Weary the combatants are, and all things indicate peace soon;And when at length the long-expected festival's holdenHere in our church, and the bells chime in with the organ in chorus,And the trumpets are blowing, the noble Te Deum upraising,Then on that selfsame day I fain would see, my good pastor,Our dear Hermann kneel with his bride at the altar before you,And the glad festival held through the length and breadth of the countryWill henceforward to me be a glad anniversary also!But I am grieved to observe that the youth, who is always so activeWhen he is here at home, abroad is so slow and so timid.Little at any time cares he to mix with the rest of the people;Yes, he even avoids young maidens' society ever,And the frolicsome dance, that great delight of young people."
Shall the house through thee be drown'dFloods I see that wildly swell,
And I gather all thy rays,And my look I sharpen too.Round her unveil'd limbs I see
LIST, and in memory bearThese six fond loving pair.Love, when aroused, kept trueRustan and Rad!Strangers approach from farJoseph and Suleika;Love, void of hope, is inFerhad and Schirin.Born for each other areMedschnun and Lily;Loving, though old and grey,Dschemil saw Boteinah.Love's sweet caprice anon,Brown maid + and Solomon!If thou dost mark them well,Stronger thy love will swell.
1820.*-----FROM AN ALBUM OF 1604.
And parts the olden veil at length,--In vesture clad of grace ethereal,