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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 Nurse’s Watch
By Clemens Brentano (1778–1842)
 
From ‘The Boy’s Wonderhorn’: Englished by Charles Timothy Brooks

          THE MOON it shines,
            My darling whines;
    The clock strikes twelve:—God cheer
        The sick both far and near.
            God knoweth all;        5
          Mousy nibbles in the wall;
        The clock strikes one:—like day,
        Dreams o’er thy pillow play.
              The matin-bell
          Wakes the nun in convent cell;        10
        The clock strikes two:—they go
          To choir in a row.
            The wind it blows,
            The cock he crows;
        The clock strikes three:—the wagoner        15
        In his straw bed begins to stir.
          The steed he paws the floor,
          Creaks the stable door;
        The clock strikes four:—’tis plain
        The coachman sifts his grain.        20
    The swallow’s laugh the still air shakes,
              The sun awakes;
The clock strikes five:—the traveler must be gone,
        He puts his stockings on.
          The hen is clacking,        25
          The ducks are quacking;
        The clock strikes six:—awake, arise,
        Thou lazy hag; come, ope thy eyes.
          Quick to the baker’s run;
          The rolls are done;        30
        The clock strikes seven:—
        ’Tis time the milk were in the oven.
          Put in some butter, do,
          And some fine sugar, too;
        The clock strikes eight:—        35
    Now bring my baby’s porridge straight.
 
 
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