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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
From ‘Woman’s Love and Life’
By Adelbert von Chamisso (1781–1838)
 
Translation of Charles Harvey Genung

THOU ring upon my finger,
  My little golden ring,
Against my fond bosom I press thee,
  And to thee my fond lips cling.
 
My girlhood’s dream was ended,        5
  Its peaceful, innocent grace,
Forlorn I woke, and so lonely,
  In desolate infinite space.
 
Thou ring upon my finger,
  Thou bringest me peace on earth,        10
And thou my eyes hast opened
  To womanhood’s infinite worth.
 
I’ll love and serve him forever,
  And live for him alone;
I’ll give him my life, but to find it        15
  Transfigured in his own.
 
Thou ring upon my finger,
  My little golden ring,
Against my fond bosom I press thee,
  And to thee my fond lips cling.        20
 
 
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