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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
Austrian Cavalry Song, 1914
By Hugo Zuckermann (1881–1914)
THERE in the meadow-land
Two jackdaws cry—
Is it on Danube’s strand
I’ll have to lie?
Or in a Polish grave?        5
Before my soul shall fly,
I’ll fight a rider brave.
There on the field I see
Two ravens scurry.
Shall I the first one be        10
Whom they must bury?
What’s that to me!
Many hundred thousands hurry
In Austria’s cavalry.
There in the evening breath        15
Hover two crows:
When comes the reaper Death
Who mows and mows?
We’re not afraid!
If but our banner blows        20
Over Belgrade!

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