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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 ‘The Spring Festival’
By Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724–1803)
 
Translation of Francis J. Lange

  WOULD that I might praise thee, O Lord, as my soul thirsts!
    Ever more gloriously dost thou reveal thyself!
        Ever darker grows the night around thee
            And more replete with blessings.
 
    Do ye see the witness of his presence, the sudden flash?        5
            Do ye hear Jehovah’s thunder?
                Hear ye his voice,
          The convulsing thunder of the Lord?
 
                Lord! Lord! God!
                Merciful and kind!        10
                Adored and praised
                Be thy glorious name!
 
    And the blasts of the tempest? They carry the thunder!
How they roar! How they surge through the forest with resounding waves!
        And now they are silent! Slowly wanders        15
                The sombre cloud.
 
  Do ye see the new witness of his presence, the winged flash?
    Hear ye high in the clouds the thunder of the Lord?
            He shouts—Jehovah! Jehovah!
            And the shattered woods reek.        20
 
                But not our hut!
              Our Father commanded
                His destroyer
              To pass by our hut!
 
            But the kind and copious rain        25
              Resounds across the fields.
            The thirsting earth is refreshed
        And heaven unburdened of its blessings.
 
    And lo! Jehovah comes no more in the tempest!
        In the softly whispering gentle breezes        30
                Jehovah comes,
      And beneath Him bends the bow of peace.
 
 
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