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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
Girls Singing
By Ferdinand von Saar (1833–1906)
SPRINGTIME: in the evening shade
I was strolling through the vale—
All at once before me strayed
Gentle sounds across the dale.
I drew nearer; all serene        5
Two were sitting hand in hand—
Maidens as by day are seen
Working in the furrowed land.
And the faces both were brown
From the kissing sunbeams’ glow;        10
Underneath each ragged gown
Bare a sunburnt foot would show.
But they sang, their heads held high,
Songs that from their bosoms sprang
To the stars that lit the sky,        15
Sang, and knew not how they sang.
And they sang the old, old lays
All of love, its joy and pain,
Heedless, seeking no one’s praise,
Through the wide and lonely plain.        20

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