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TO MY SISTER, ON THE EVE OF HER MARRIAGE.
Nor canst thou a brother's fond caress,
In calm weather 1
And the merriment of fireside hours.
Something whispers, though our heartstrings cannot sever, These are gone, sister, - gone for ever.
And for these I must repine, –
Sweet sister mine.
tears shall flow with thine, brother,
heart at times;
And though to-morrow
Joy chaseth sorrow,
Sorrow chaseth joy to-day.
1 “In a season of calm weather.” – WORDSWORTH.
Nay, I will not, cannot, sister, see them flow :
Weep no more, weep no more.
That our partings will ere long be o'er.
In the family of Heaven, And we mourn not, like the Pleiads ever sighing,
“ We have lost our sister - we were seven.” Still, however wide our pilgrim footsteps roam,
Bright and glorious
Lie before us Mansions in an everlasting home. Trust me, sister; wherefore dost thou weep so sore ? Weep no more, sister, weep no more. For my spirit catches all the bloom of thine, Nor can I in thy prime of bliss repine,
Sweet sister mine.
TRANSLATED FROM KÖRNER.
HORROR-BODING, wild and ruddy,
Looms the morning, strange as night,
Track our bloody path with light:
Clasp'd the fates of nations lie,
And there falls the iron die!
True in life, true in death, when life has pass'd by.
In the gloom of night behind us
Lie the haunts our foemen spoke,
Strangers cleft Germania's oak:
Ruin'd lie our shrines and low,
Haste redeem that pledge of woe.
The Palladium lost redeem from the foe.
Blissful visions lie before us,
Lie the future's golden years, —
Freedom smiles amid her tears;
German art and German music,
Beauty, love's entrancing chain, -
Float in prospect back again.
But a death-bearing venture is yet to be pass'd
And Joy only blooms o'er the victim slain.
Death now with our God we'll dare it,
Hand in hand our fate defy,
To the altar, there to die.
Here we yield our life for thee,
What our blood bequeaths them free.
And hear thou the oath, and the covenant see.
Give ye yet one blessed token
Of a glance towards beauty's bowers,
All the bliss of spring-tide flowers ;