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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
 
The City
By Theodor Storm (1817–1888)
 
THE SHORE is gray, the sea is gray,
And there the city stands;
The mists upon the houses weigh,
And through the calm the ocean gray
Roars dully on the strands.        5
 
There are no rustling woods, there fly
No singing birds in May;
The wild goose with its callous cry
Alone on autumn nights soars by;
The wind-blown grasses sway.        10
 
And yet my whole heart clings to thee,
Gray city by the sea;
And e’er the spell of youth for me
Doth smiling rest on thee, on thee
Gray city by the sea.        15
 
 
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