The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 05 eBook

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As many as sand-grains in the sea, As many as stars in heaven be, As many as beasts that dwell in fields, As many as pence which money yields, As much as blood in veins will flow, As much as heat in fire will glow, As much as leaves in woods are seen And little grasses in the green, As many as thorns that prick on hedges, As grains of wheat that harvest pledges, As much as clover in meadows fair, As dust a-flying in the air, As many as fish in streams are found, And shells upon the ocean’s ground, And drops that in the sea must go, As many as flakes that shine in snow—­ As much, as manifold as life abounds both far and nigh, So much, so many times, for e’er, oh thank the Lord on high!

[Illustration:  LUDWIG ACHIM VON ARNIM Stroehling]

[Illustration:  CLEMENS BRENTANO E. Linder]

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THE SWISS DESERTER

  At Strassburg in the fort
  All woe began for me
  The Alpine bugle’s call enticed me o’er,
  I had to swim to my dear country’s shore;
  That should not be.

  One hour ’twas in the night,
  They took me in my plight,
  And led me straightway to the captain’s door. 
  O God, they caught me in the stream—­what more? 
  Now all is o’er.

  Tomorrow morn at ten
  The regiment I’ll have to face;
  They’ll lead me there to beg for grace. 
  I’ll have my just reward, I know. 
  It must be so.

  Ye brothers, all ye men,
  Ye’ll never see me here again;
  The shepherd boy, I say, began it all,
  And I accuse the Alpine bugle-call
  Of this my fall.

  I pray ye, brothers three,
  Come on and shoot at me;
  Fear not my tender life to hurt,
  Shoot on and let the red blood spurt—­
  Come on, I say!

  O Lord of heaven, on high! 
  Take my poor erring soul
  Unto its heavenly goal;
  There let it stay forever—­
  Forget me never!

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THE TAILOR IN HELL

  A tailor ’gan to wander
  One Monday morning fair,
  And then he met the devil,
  Whose feet and legs were bare: 
  Hallo, thou tailor-fellow,
  Come now with me to hell—­oh,
  And measure clothes for us to wear,
  For what we will, is well, oh!

  The tailor measured, then he took
  His scissors long, and clipped
  The devils’ little tails all off,
  And to and fro they skipped. 
  Hallo, thou tailor-fellow,
  Now hie thee out of hell—­oh,
  We do not need this clipping, sir,
  For what we will, is well, oh!

  The tailor took his iron out,
  And tossed it in the fire;
  The devils’ wrinkles then he pressed;
  Their screams were something dire. 
  Hallo, thou tailor-fellow,
  Begone now from our hell—­oh,
  We do not need this pressing,
  For what we will, is well, oh!

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