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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
It Has Been Willed in God’s Decree
By Ernst Freiherr von Feuchtersleben (1806–1849)
IT has been willed in God’s decree:
What you have loved most tenderly,
You part with,
Though there is nothing on the earth
That leaves the heart such sorry dearth        5
As parting, aye, parting.
A rosebud in a water glass,
A lovely gift, you watch—alas,
The rose that blooms to-morrow bright,        10
Must wither sadly in the night,
Remember, remember!
When God has given you a love,
You hold her dear, all else above,
In keeping:        15
Not many years will then be flown,
Before she leaves you all alone,
With weeping, with weeping.

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