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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
An Hour Ere Break of Day
By Eduard Mörike (1804–1875)
 
From ‘Lyrics and Ballads of Heine and other German Poets’: Translation of Frances Hellman

  AS I once sleeping lay,
  An hour ere break of day,
Sand near the window, on a tree,
A little bird, scarce heard by me
  An hour ere break of day.        5
 
  “Give heed to what I say:
  Thy sweetheart false doth play
Whilst I am singing this to thee,
He hugs a maiden, cozily,
  An hour ere break of day.”        10
 
  “Alas! no further say!
  Hush! I’ll not hear thy lay!
Fly off, away fly from my tree,—
Ah! love and faith are mockery
  An hour ere break of day.”        15
 
 
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