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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
Elisabeth’s Song (From “Immensee”)
By Theodor Storm (1817–1888)
ALL was for my mother’s sake:
The other man she made me take!
What it had owned before
My heart should know no more,
But could not thus forsake.        5
Mother, I’m accusing you:
Good to me you did not do;
The world would have esteemed
What now a sin is deemed.
What shall I do!        10
Now fled is joy and pride,
But sorrow must abide.
Oh, would this were not so,
Could I a-begging go,
Over the brown heath wide!        15

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