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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Punch Song
By Friedrich von Schiller (1759–1805)
 
Translation of Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton

FOUR elements joined in
  An emulous strife
Fashion the world and
  Constitute life.
 
From the sharp citron        5
  The starry juice pour:
Acid to life is
  The innermost core.
 
Now let the sugar
  The bitter one meet:        10
Still be life’s bitter
  Tamed down to the sweet.
 
Let the bright water
  Flow into the bowl:
Water, the calm one,        15
  Embraces the whole.
 
Drops from the spirit
  Pour quickening within:
Life but its life from
  The spirit can win.        20
 
Haste while it gloweth,
  Your vessel to bring:
The wave has but virtue
  Drunk hot from the spring.
 
 
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