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Dawn, gentle flower

Language: English

Dawn, gentle flower, 
  From the morning earth;
We will gaze and wonder 
  At thy wondrous birth! 

Bloom, gentle flower! 
  Lover of the light, 
Sought by wind and shower,
  Fondled by the night! 

Fade, gentle flower! 
  All thy white leaves close;
Having shewn thy beauty,
  Time 't is for repose.

Die, gentle flower,
  In the silent sun! 
So, -- all pangs are over,
  All thy tasks are done! 

Day hath no more glory,
  Though he soars so high;
Thine is all man's story,
  Live, -- and love, -- and die!

Translation(s): GER

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Confirmed with Englischer Liederschatz aus Englischen und Amerikanischen Dichtern, ed. by Karl Elze, Dessau, Druck und Verlag von Moritz Katz, 1851, pages 115-116.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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Text added to the website: 2016-06-03.
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