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A Book of German Lyrics

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Author: Anonymous
Published: 1921
Language: German
Wordcount: 39,538 / 144 pg
LoC Categories: ML, LT
Downloads: 4,404
mnybks.net#: 226
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Poetry, Music

In compiling this Anthology my aim has been not so much to acquaint the student with individual great poems as with the poets themselves. With this end in view I have made the selections as full and as varied as possible and included in the Notes short introductory sketches of the poets. Since the book is intended for the work of fourth and fifth semester German in College (or third and fourth year High School), pedagogic considerations imposed certain limitations not only as to individual poems but also as to poets. (German and English, with accents.)

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oß am Meer.

Dort stand der alte Zecher,
Trank letzte Lebensglut
Und warf den heil'gen Becher
Hinunter in die Flut. 20

Er sah ihn stürzen, trinken
Und sinken tief ins Meer.
Die Augen täten ihm sinken,
Trank nie einen Tropfen mehr.


13. DER FISCHER

Das Wasser rauscht', das Wasser schwoll,
Ein Fischer saß daran,
Sah nach dem Angel ruhevoll,
Kühl bis ans Herz hinan.
Und wie er sitzt und wie er lauscht, 5 Teilt sich die Flut empor:
Aus dem bewegten Wasser rauscht
Ein feuchtes Weib hervor.

Sie sang zu ihm, sie sprach zu ihm:
Was lockst du meine Brut 10 Mit Menschenwitz und Menschenlist
Hinaus in Todesglut?
Ach, wüßtest du, wie 's Fischlein ist
So wohlig auf dem Grund,
Du stiegst herunter, wie du bist, 15 Und würdest erst gesund.

Labt sich die liebe Sonne nicht,
Der Mond sich nicht im Meer?
Kehrt wellenatmend ihr Gesicht
Nicht doppel

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