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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Onward
By Emanuel Geibel (1815–1884)
 
Translation of Frances Hellman

CEASE thy dreaming! Cease thy quailing!
  Wander on untiringly.
Though thy strength may all seem failing,
  Onward! must thy watchword be.
 
Durst not tarry, though life’s roses        5
  Round about thy footsteps throng,
Though the ocean’s depth discloses
  Sirens with their witching song.
 
Onward! onward! ever calling
  On thy Muse, in life’s stern fray,        10
Till thy fevered brow feels, falling
  From above, a golden ray.
 
Till the verdant wreath victorious
  Crown with soothing shade thy brow;
Till the spirit’s flames rise glorious        15
  Over thee, with sacred glow.
 
Onward then, through hostile fire,
  Onward through death’s agony!
Who to heaven would aspire
  Must a valiant warrior be.        20
 
 
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