Verse > Anthologies > Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans. > A Harvest of German Verse
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
 
The Recognition
By Johann Nepomuk Vogl (1802–1866)
 
A WANDERING youth with a cane in his hand
Comes home again from a foreign land.
 
His hair is dusty, his face is brown;
Who will know him first in the little town?
 
He enters the town by the ancient gate.        5
At the toll-bar leans a former mate:
 
The publican once was a cherished friend,
Gay hours at the tavern they used to spend.
 
But see, his old comrade knows him not:
His face is so sunburnt that he is forgot.        10
 
The youth wanders on with a greeting fleet,
And shakes off the dust from his tired feet.
 
From a window his love looks with gentle eyes.
“Be welcome, oh, loveliest maiden!” he cries.
 
See, even the maiden knows him not:        15
His face is so sunburnt that he is forgot.
 
So on he is strolling across the town:
A tear gleams bright on his cheek so brown.
 
There totters his mother from the church-door.
“God bless you!” he says, and nothing more.        20
 
But see, his old mother is sobbing with joy:
“My son!”—And she sinks on the breast of her boy.
 
No matter how sunburnt his face has grown,
By a mother’s eye he is straightway known.
 
 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors