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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
German Nursery Song
From the German
Translated by C. T. Brooks

O STRASBURG, O Strasburg! thou city wondrous fair!
How many a buried soldier is lying ’neath thee there!
How many a fair and gallant one is now lying low,
Who left his father and mother so long, long ago!
He left them, he left them, but help it how could he?        5
In Strasburg, in Strasburg, soldiers there must be.
The mother and the sister they sought the captain’s door:
“Ah, captain, dearest captain, let me see my son once more.”
“For gold on gold I cannot give your son to you again,—
Your son,—and he must perish on the broad and distant plain;        10
On the broad and the distant, the distant field must die,
Where o’er him many a dark-brown maid so mournfully shall sigh.”

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