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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Song: ‘The moon shines bright aloft’
By Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger (1779–1850)
 
From ‘Aladdin’: Translation of Sir Theodore Martin

THE MOON shines bright aloft
  O’er wood and dingle,
The birds in cadence soft
  Their warblings mingle;
The breezes from the hill        5
  Come sighing, sighing,
And to their voice the rill
  Sends sweet replying.
 
But one flower in the wold
  Droops wan and sickly;        10
Death at its heart is cold—
  ’Twill perish quickly.
But yonder, chaplets twine
  Forever vernal,
And in God’s presence shine        15
  Through springs eternal.
 
O moonlight pale! thy rays
  Soon, softly creeping,
Shall paint my paler face
  In death-trance sleeping.        20
Smile then on Death, that he
  May gently take me,
And where no sorrows be,
  Ere morn awake me!
 
Droops on its stem the flower:        25
  Come, sweetly stealing,
Angel of death, and shower
  Soft dews of healing!
Oh, come! Beneath thy blight
  My soul shall quail not!        30
Yonder is endless light,
  And joys that fail not!
 
 
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