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THE BIRD AND THE SHIP.
“The rivers rush into the sea,
By castle and town they go; The winds behind them merrily
Their noisy trumpets blow.
We little birds in them play;
Goes with us, and far away. "I greet thee, bonny boat! Whither, or whence
With thy fluttering golden band ?"“I greet thee, little bird! To the wide sea
I haste from the narrow land. “Full and swollen is every sail ;
I see no longer a hill,
And it will not let me stand still.
Thou mayest stand on the mainmast tall, For full to sinking is my house
With merry companions all.”—
Bonny boat, I can sing all alone;
Bonny boat, I have wings of my own. "High over the sails, high over the mast,
Who shall gainsay these joys? When thy merry companions are still, at last
Thou shalt hear the sound of my voice. “ Who neither may rest, nor listen may,
God bless them every one!
And the golden fields of the sun.
“ Thus do I sing my weary song,
Wherever the four winds blow;
Neither Poet nor Printer may know.'
THE HAPPIEST LAND.
-FRAGMENT OF A MODERN GERMAN BALLAD.
THERE sat one day in quiet,
| “The goodliest land on all this earth, By an alehouse on the Rhine,
It is the Saxon land ! Four bale and hearty fellows,
There bave I as many maidens And drank the precious wine.
As fingers on this hand !” The landlord's daughter filled their cups “ Hold your tongues ! both Swabian and Around the rustic board;
Saxon!" Then sat they all so calm and still,
A bold Bohemian cries; And spake not one rude word. “ If there's a heaven upon this earth, But, when the maid departed,
In Bohemia it lies. A Swabian raised his band,
“ There the tailor blows the flute, And cried, all hot and flushed with wine, i
And the cobbler blows the horn, “Long live the Swabian land!
And the miner blows the bugle, “ The greatest kingdom upon earth
Over mountain gorge and bourn."
And then the landlord's daughter * Ha !” cried a Saxon, laughing, -- | Up to heaven raised her hand,
And dashe i bis beard with wine; And said, “Ye may no more con“I had rather live in Lapland,
tend, Than that Swabian land of thine ! There lies the happiest land!"
I KNOW a maiden fair to see,
Trust her not,
She has a bosom as white as spow,
Take care !
She knows how much it is best to show, She has two eyes, so soft and brown,
Trust her not,.
She gives thee a garland woven fair, She is fooling thee!
It is a fool's-cap for thee to wear,
Trust her not,
THE CASTLE BY THE SEA.
“The winds and the waves of ocean,
They rested quietly ;
And tears came to mine eye.”
“ Hast thou seen that lordly castle,
That Castle by the Sea ? Golden and red above it
The clouds float gorgeously. " And fain it would stoop downward
To the mirrored wave below; And fain it would svar upward
In the evening's crimson glow."
“And sawest thou on the turrets
The King and his royal bride !
And the golden crown of pride ?
« Well have I seen that castle,
“ Led they not forth, in rapture, That Castle by the Sea,
! A beauteous maiden there? And the moon above it standing, Resplendent as the morning sun, And the mist rise solemnly.”
Beaming with golden hair ?” “ The winds and the waves of ocean, "Well saw I the ancient parents ; Had they a merry chime ?
1 Without the crown of pride; Didst thou hear, from those lofty They were moving slow, in weeds of chambers,
woe, The harp and the minstrel's rhyme ?”! No maiden was by their side!”
Thou that from the heaven's art,
O'er all the hill-tops
THE BLACK KNIGHT.
FROM THE GERMAN OF UHLAND. 'Twas Pentecost, the Feast of Gladness, Danced in sable iron sark, When woods and fields put off all sadness, Danced a measure weird and dark,
Thus began the King and spake; Coldly clasped her limbs around. “ So from the halls
From breast and bair Of ancient Hofburgh's walls,
| Down fall from her the fair A luxuriant Spring shall break." Flowerets, faded, to the ground.