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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
 
Were I a Little Bird
Folk Song (18th Century)
 
WERE I a little bird
And had two little wings,
I’d fly to thee;
But I must stay, because
That cannot be.        5
 
Though I be far from thee,
In sleep I dwell with thee,
Thy voice I hear.
But when I wake again,
Then all is drear.        10
 
Each nightly hour my heart
With thoughts of thee will start,
When I’m alone;
For thou hast a thousand times
Pledged me thine own.        15
 
 
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