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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
 
Rhine, the River
Rhine Song of the German Soldiers after Victory
Felicia Hemans (1793–1835)
 
SINGLE VOICE
IT is the Rhine! our mountain vineyards laving,
  I see the bright flood shine, I see the bright flood shine:
Sing on the march, with every banner waving,—
  Sing, brothers, ’t is the Rhine! Sing, brothers, ’t is the Rhine!
 
CHORUS
The Rhine! the Rhine, our own imperial River!
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  Be glory on thy track, be glory on thy track!
We left thy shores, to die or to deliver;
  We bear thee Freedom back, we bear thee Freedom back!
 
SINGLE VOICE
Hail! hail! my childhood knew the rush of water,
  Even as my mother’s song, even as my mother’s song;        10
That sound went past me on the field of slaughter,
  And heart and arm grew strong, and heart and arm grew strong!
 
CHORUS
Roll proudly on!—brave blood is with thee sweeping,
  Poured out by sons of thine, poured out by sons of thine,
Where sword and spirit forth in joy were leaping,        15
  Like thee, victorious Rhine! like thee, victorious Rhine!
 
SINGLE VOICE
Home! home!—thy glad wave hath a tone of greeting;
  Thy path is by my home, thy path is by my home:
Even now my children count the hours till meeting;
  O ransomed ones, I come! O ransomed ones, I come!        20
 
CHORUS
Go, tell the seas that chain shall bind thee never,
  Sound on by hearth and shrine, sound on by hearth and shrine!
Sing through the hills, that thou art free forever,—
  Lift up thy voice, O Rhine! Lift up thy voice, O Rhine!
 
 
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