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

I
THE RAINBOW

FROM pearls her lofty bridge she weaves,
  A gray sea arching proudly over;
A moment’s toil the work achieves,
  And on the height behold her hover!
 
Beneath that arch securely go        5
  The tallest barks that ride the seas;
No burthen e’er the bridge may know,
  And as thou seek’st to near—it flees!
 
First with the floods it came, to fade
  As rolled the waters from the land;        10
Say where that wondrous arch is made,
  And whose the artist’s plastic hand?
 
II
THE MOON AND STARS

O’ER a spacious pasture go
  Sheep in thousands, silver-white;
As to-day we see them, so        15
  In the oldest grandsire’s sight.
 
They drink, never waxing old,
  Life from an unfailing brook;
There’s a shepherd to their fold,
  With a silver-hornèd crook.        20
 
From a gate of gold let out,
  Night by night he counts them over;
Wide the field they rove about,
  Never hath he lost a rover.
 
True the Dog that helps to lead them,        25
  One gay Ram in front we see:
What the flock, and who doth heed them,
  Sheep and shepherd,—tell to me?
 
 
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