The Trumpeter of Säkkingen

A Song from the Upper Rhine

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Published: 1877
Language: English
Wordcount: 46,033 / 141 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.3
LoC Category: PT
Downloads: 341
Added to site: 2010.02.18
mnybks.net#: 26699
Origin: gutenberg.org

The story of the young Werner and the fair Margaretha, their romantic wooing and final union set near the close of the Thirty Years' War

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gfrau dazzling with diamonds; And as to the west I turn my gaze, Blue ridge above ridge is unfolding: And, in the evening's golden haze, I'm the Vosges' great Belchen beholding.

When now to Säkkingen downward I hie, Through the dark green forest is gleaming The silvery lake, like the earth's clear eye, Looking upward, invitingly beaming. Gneiss rocks high o'er the grassy shore rise; And placed so as best to show it, Inscribed on a rock this meets mine eyes: "Säkkingen, the town, to her Poet!"

And now, as by Bally's castle I stand, There my Trumpeter also stands blowing, Cast finely in bronze by a master's hand. That they know us well here all are showing; For, when I was going to pay at the inn, The kind hostess refused quite indignant. 'Tis clear, in the town of St. Fridolin, O'er us a bright star shines benignant.

The Trumpeter bravely has blown his way Through much that his patience was tasking; And the publisher also his joy doth betray: For the author's likeness he's asking

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