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Oppression, and sickness, and sorrow, and pain
Shall be to our true love as links to the chain.

As the palm-tree standeth so straight and so tall,
The more the hail beats, and the more the rains fall,-
So love in our hearts shall grow mighty and strong,
Through crosses, through sorrows, through manifold

wrong

Shouldst thou be torn from me to wander alone
In a desolate land where the sun is scarce known,-

Through forests I'll follow, and where the sea flows, Through ice, and through iron, through armies of foes.

Annie of Tharaw, my light and my sun,
The threads of our two lives are woven in one.

Whate'er I have bidden thee thou hast obeyed,
Whatever forbidden thou hast not gainsaid.

How in the turmoil of life can love stand,
Where there is not one heart, and one mouth, and one

hand ?

Some seek for dissension, and trouble, and strife;
Like a dog and a cat live such man and wife.

Annie of Tharaw, such is not our love;
Thou art my lambkin, my chick, and my dove. .

Whate'er my desire is, in thine may be seen;
I am king of the household, and thou art its queen.

It is this, O my Annie, my heart's sweetest rest, That makes of us twain but one soul in one breast.

This turns to a heaven the hut where we dwell ;
While wrangling soon changes a home to a hell.

THE

STATUE OVER THE CATHEDRAL-DOOR.

FROM THE GERMAN OF JULIUS MOSEN.

FORMS of saints and kings are standing

The cathedral-door above; Yet I saw but one among them

Who hath soothed my soul with love.

In his mantle,—wound about him,

As their robes the sowers wind,Bore he swallows and their fledglings, Flowers and weeds of

every

kind.

And so stands he calm and childlike,

High in wind and tempest wild ; Oh, were I like him exalted,

I would be like him, a child !

And my songs,-green leaves and blossoms,

To the doors of heaven would bear, Calling, even in storm and tempest,

Round me still these birds of air.

THE LEGEND OF THE CROSSBILL.

FROM THE GERMAN OF JULIUS MOSEN.

On the cross the dying Saviour

Heavenward lifts his eyelids calm, Feels, but scarcely feels, a trembling

In his pierced and bleeding palm.

And by all the world forsaken,

Sees he how with zealous care At the ruthless nail of iron

A little bird is striving there.

Stained with blood and never tiring,

With its beak it doth not cease,
From the cross 'twould free the Saviour,

Its Creator's Son release.

And the Saviour speaks in mildness :

“ Blest be thou of all the good ! Bear, as token of this moment,

Marks of blood and holy rood !"

And that bird is called the crossbill ;

Covered all with blood so clear, In the groves of pine it singeth

Songs, like legends, strange to hear.

THE SEA HATH ITS PEARLS.

PROM THE GERMAN OF HEINRICH HEINE.

The sea hath its pearls,

The heaven hath its stars ; But my heart, my heart,

My heart hath its love.

Great are the sea and the heaven ;

Yet greater is my heart,
And fairer than pearls and stars

Flashes and beams my love.

Thou little, youthful maiden,

Come unto my great heart; My heart, and the sea, and the heaven

Are melting away with love!

POETIC APHORISMS.

FROM THE SINNGEDICHTE OF FRIEDRICH VON LOGAU.

Seventeenth Century.

MONEY.

WHEREUNTO is money good?
Who has it not wants hardihood,
Who has it has much trouble and care,
Who once has had it has despair.

THE BEST MEDICINES.

Joy and temperance and repose
Slam the door on the doctor's nose.

SIN.

Man-like is it to fall into sin,
Fiend-like is it to dwell therein,
Christ-like is it for sin to grieve,
God-like is it all sin to leave.

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