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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
Mine Own Land
By Börries Freiherr von Münchhausen (1874–1945)
THERE gleams a plough in Thuringian land,
Steered by a firm and happy hand,
Through mine, oh mine own ground!
And mine is the plough and the horses are mine,
And the silvery birch and the coal-black pine,        5
The herd by the forest edge found!
Is there in the world a happier lot
Than this one that I from my ancestors got?
At dawn I ride on my round.
The gains of the mart are cast off by my hand:        10
There gleams a plough in Thuringian land,
That goes through mine own ground!

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