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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
Thekla’s Song
Translated from Schiller

THE CLOUDS are flying, the woods are sighing,
  A maiden is walking the grassy shore,
And as the wave breaks with might, with might,
  She singeth aloud in the darksome night,
    But a tear is in her troubled eye.        5
For the world feels cold, and the heart gets old,
  And reflects the bright aspect of Nature no more;
Then take back thy child, holy Virgin, to thee!
  I have plucked the one blossom that hangs on earth’s tree,
    I have lived, and have loved, and die.        10

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