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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 363 pages of information about The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 01.

What is to me heaven’s joy within her arms? 
What though my life her bosom warms!—­
Do I not ever feel her woe? 
The outcast am I not, unhoused, unblest,
Inhuman monster, without aim or rest,
Who, like the greedy surge, from rock to rock,
Sweeps down the dread abyss with desperate shock? 
While she, within her lowly cot, which graced
The Alpine slope, beside the waters wild,
Her homely cares in that small world embraced,
Secluded lived, a simple artless child. 
Was’t not enough, in thy delirious whirl
To blast the stedfast rocks! 
Her, and her peace as well,
Must I, God-hated one, to ruin hurl! 
Dost claim this holocaust, remorseless Hell! 
Fiend, help me to cut short the hours of dread! 
Let what must happen, happen speedily! 
Her direful doom fall crushing on my head,
And into ruin let her plunge with me!


Why how again it seethes and glows! 
Away, thou fool!  Her torment ease! 
When such a head no issue sees,
It pictures straight the final close. 
Long life to him who boldly dares! 
A devil’s pluck thou’rt wont to show;
As for a devil who despairs—­
Nothing I find so mawkish here below.


MARGARET (alone at her spinning wheel)

   My peace is gone,
      My heart is sore,
    I find it never,
      And nevermore!

    Where him I have not,
      Is the grave; and all
    The world to me
      Is turned to gall.

    My wilder’d brain
      Is overwrought;
    My feeble senses
      Are distraught.

    My peace is gone,
      My heart is sore,
    I find it never,
      And nevermore!

    For him from the window
      I gaze, at home;
    For him and him only
      Abroad I roam. 
    His lofty step,
       His bearing high,
    The smile of his lip,
       The power of his eye,

    His witching words,
      Their tones of bliss,
    His hand’s fond pressure,
      And ah—­his kiss!

    My peace is gone,
      My heart is sore,
    I find it never,
      And nevermore.

    My bosom aches
      To feel him near;
    Ah, could I clasp
      And fold him here!

   Kiss him and kiss him
     Again would I,
   And on his kisses
    I fain would die.




Promise me, Henry!


What I can!


How thy religion fares, I fain would hear. 
Thou art a good kind-hearted man,
Only that way not well-disposed, I fear.

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