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THE LEGEND OF THE CROSSBILL.
FROM THE GERMAN 0F JULIUS IOSEN'
ON the cross the dying Saviour
Feels, but scarcely feels, a trembling
And by all the world forsaken,
Stained with blood and never tiring,
Its Creator’s Son release.
And the Saviour speaks in mildness:
Bear, as token of this moment,
And that bird is called the crossbill;
In the groves of pine it singeth
THE SEA HATH ITS PEARLS.
FROM GERMAN OF HEINRICH HEINE.
THE sea hath its pearls,
Great are the sea and the heaven; ’
And fairer than pearls and stars
Thou little, youthful maiden ,
My heart, and the sea, and the heaven
WHEREUNTO is money good?
Who has it not wants hardihood,
Who has it has much trouble and care,
THE BEST MEDICINES
Joy and Temperance and Repose
Man-like is it to fall into sin,
POVERTY AND BLINDNFSS.
A blind man is a poor man, and blind a poor man is;
LAW OF LIFE.
Live 1, so live I,
To my Lord heartily,
To my Prince faithfully,
To my Neighbour honestly.
Lutheran, Popish, Calvinistic, all these creeds and doctrines three Extant are; but still the doubt is, where Christianity may be.
THE RESTLESS HEART.
A millstone and the human heart are driven ever round; If they have nothing else to grind, they must themselves be ground.
W'hilom Love was like a fire, and warmth and comfort it bespoke;
But, alas! it now is quenched, and only bites us, like the smoke.
ART AND TACT.
Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined;
Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small;
Though with patience he stands waiting, with exactness grinds he all.
When by night the frogs are croaking, kindle but a torch’s fire, Hal how soon they all are silent! Thus Truth silences the liar.
If perhaps these rhymes of mine should sound not well in strangers’ ears ,
They have only to bethink them that it happens so with theirs;
For so long as words , like mortals, call a father-land their own,
They will be most highly valued where they are best and longest known.