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From the waves was heard a wail, that rent
Thy murky sky!
Path of the Dane to fame and might!
THE HAPPIEST LAND.
FRAGMENT OF A MODERN BALLAD.
FROM THE GERMAN.
THERE sat one day in quiet,
By an alehouse on the Rhine, Four hale and hearty fellows,
And drank the precious wine.
The landlord's daughter filled their cups,
Around the rustic board;
And spake not one rude word.
* Nils Juel was a celebrated Danish Admiral, and Peder Wessel, a Vice-Admiral, who for his great prowess received the popular ti•le of Tordenskiold, or Thunder-shield. In childhood he was a tailor's apprentice, and rose to his high rank before the age of (wenty-eight, when he was killed in a duel.
But, when the maid departed,
A Swabian raised his hand,
"Long live the Swabian land !
" The greatest kingdom upon earth
Cannot with that compare; With all the stout and hardy men
And the nut-brown maidens there."
“ Ha!” cried a Saxon, laughing,
And dashed his beard with wine; “I had rather live in Lapland,
Than that Swabian land of thine !
“ The goodliest land on all this earth,
It is the Saxon land !
As fingers on tủis hand!'
“ Hold your tongues! both Swabian and Saxon!*
A bold Bohemian cries; “If there 's a heaven upon this earth,
In Bohemia it lies.
66 There the tailor blows the flute,
And the cobbler blows the horn, And the miner blows the bugle,
Over mountain gorge and bourn.”
And then the landlord's daughter
Up to heaven raised her hand,
There lies the happiest land !”
FROM THE GERMAN OF TIEDGE.
WHITHER, thou turbid wave Whither, with so much haste, As if a thief wert thou ?"
"I am the Wave of Life,
stream I fly
FROM THE GERMAN OF STOCKMANN.
How they so softly rest,
And they no longer weep,
THE BIRD AND TIIE SHIP.
FROM THE GERMAN OF MÜLLER.
“ THE rivers rush into the sea,
By castle and town they go; The winds behind them merrily
Their noisy trumpets blow.
“ The clouds are passing far and high,
We little birds in them play ;
Goes with us, and far away.
“I greet thee, bonny boat! Whither, or whence,
With thy fluttering golden band?” “I greet thee, little bird ! To the wide sea
I haste from the narrow land.
6 Full and swollen is every sail;
I see no longer a hill,
And it will not let me stand still.
" And wilt thou, little bird, go with us?
Thou mayest stand on the mainmast tall, For full to sinking is my house
With merry companions all.”
• I need not and seek not company,
Bonny boat, I can sing all alone; For the mainmast tall too heavy am I,
Bonny boat, I have wings of my own.
6. High over the sails, high over the mast,
Who shall gainsay these joys ? When thy merry companions are still, at last,
Thou shalt hear the sound of my voice.
“ Who neither may rest, nor listen may,
God bless them every one !
And the golden fields of the sun.
- Thus do I sing my weary song,
Wherever the four winds blow; And this same song, my whole life long,
Neither Poet nor Printer may know."
FROM THE GERMAN OF MULLER.
I HEARD a brooklet gushing
From its rocky fountain near, Down into the valley rushing,
So fresh and wondrous clear.
I know not what came o'er me,
Nor who the counsel gave; But I must hasten downward,
All with my pilgrim-stave;
Downward, and ever farther,
And ever the brook beside; And ever fresher murmured,
And ever clearer, the tide.
Is this the way. I was going ?
Whither, O brooklet, say ! Thou hast, with thy soft murmur,
Murmured my senses away.
What do I say of a murmur ?
That can no murmur be;