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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 Sunken Crown
By Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787–1862)
 
Translation of Henry William Dulcken

ALOFT on yonder hillside
    A little cot doth stand;
You look from off its threshold
    Far out upon the land.
There sits a free-born peasant        5
    Upon the bank at even,
And whets his scythe, and singeth
    His grateful song to Heaven.
 
Below on the lake are falling
    The silent shadows down;        10
Beneath the wave lies hidden,
    All rich and rare a crown.
In the darksome night it sparkles
    With rubies and sapphires gay;
But no man recks where it lieth        15
    From the times so old and gray.
 
 
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