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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 Three Stars
By Karl Theodor Körner (1791–1813)
 
Translation of George Fleming Richardson

THERE are three cheering stars of light
  O’er life’s dark path that shine;
And these fair orbs, so pure and bright,
  Are song, and love, and wine!
 
For oh! the soul of song hath power        5
  To charm the feeling heart,
To soothe the mourner’s sternest hour,
  And bid his griefs depart!
 
And wine can lend to song its mirth,
  Can joys unwonted bring,        10
And paint this fair and lovely earth
  In charms of deathless spring.
 
But thou, O love! of all the throng
  Art fairest seen to shine;
For thou canst soothe the soul like song,        15
  And cheer the heart like wine!
 
Then deign, fair orbs! to shed your ray
  Along my path of gloom,
To guide me through life’s lonely way,
  And shine upon my tomb!        20
 
For oh! the song, the cup, the kiss
  Can make the night divine;
Then blest be he who found the bliss
  Of song, and love, and wine!
 
 
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