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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 Maiden from Afar
By Friedrich von Schiller (1759–1805)
 
Translation of Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton

WITHIN a vale each infant year,
  When earliest larks first carol free,
To humble shepherds doth appear
  A wondrous maiden fair to see.
 
Not born within that lowly place;        5
  From whence she wandered, none could tell;
Her parting footsteps left no trace,
  When once the maiden sighed farewell.
 
And blessèd was her presence there:
  Each heart, expanding, grew more gay;        10
Yet something loftier still than fair
  Kept man’s familiar looks away.
 
From fairy gardens known to none
  She brought mysterious fruits and flowers;
The products of a brighter sun,        15
  Of nature more benign than ours.
 
With each, her gifts the maiden shared,—
  To some the fruits, the flowers to some:
Alike the young, the aged, fared;
  Each bore a blessing back to home.        20
 
Though every guest was welcome there,
  Yet some the maiden held more dear;
And culled her rarest sweets whene’er
  She saw two loving hearts draw near.
 
 
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