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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Old Farmer’s Advice to his Son
By Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748–1776)
 
Translation of Charles Timothy Brooks

MY son, be honest truth thy guide,
  And to thy dying day
Turn not a finger’s breadth aside
  From God’s appointed way.
Then shall thy pilgrim pathway lie        5
  Through meadows sunny-green;
Then shalt thou look on death with eye
  Unshrinking and serene:
 
Then shall the pathway to thy tomb
  By frequent feet be trod,        10
And summer flowers of sweet perfume
  Spring from the moistened sod;
For oft shall children’s children, led
  By fond affection’s care,
At evening seek thy grave, and shed        15
  The tear of sorrow there.
 
 
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