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Good Counsel to a Young Maid

Language: English

When you the sun-burnt pilgrim see,
  Fainting with thirst, haste to the springs ;
Mark how at first with bended knee 
  He courts the crystal nymphs, and flings 
His body to the earth, where he
Prostrate adores the flowing deity.

But when his sweaty face is drench'd
  In her cool waves, when from her sweet 
Bosom his burning thirst is quench'd ; 
  Then mark how with disdainful feet
He kicks her banks, and from the place 
That thus refresh'd him, moves with sullen pace. 

So shalt thou be despis'd, fair Maid,
  When by the sated Lover tasted ;
What first he did with tears invade,
  Shall afterwards with scorn be wasted ;
When all the virgin springs grow dry,
When no stream shall be left, but in thine eye.


Translation(s): GER

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803) , title 1: "Die Silberquelle" by Friedrich, Freiherr von Dalberg, Corona Elisabeth Wilhelmine Schröter.

Text added to the website: 2010-03-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:26
Line count: 18
Word count: 129

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Die Silberquelle

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Hast, liebes Mädchen, frisch und jung,
    Du jenen Mann gesehn,
In heißem Durst nach Labetrunk
    Zur kühlen Quelle gehn?
Voll Sehnsucht bog er ihr sein Knie,
Und Göttin, Göttin nannt' er sie.

Und als sie seinen Durst gestillt
    Mit ihrem süßen Trank;
Und neubelebt und Krafterfüllt
    Er ihr zu Füßen sank;
Da schlief er ein und ohne Dank
Trug ihn hinweg ein loser Gang.

O Mädchen, wie die Quelle rein,
    Unschuldig, frisch und schön,
Ach laß es nicht dein Schicksal seyn,
    Laß nie dirs also gehn,
Daß wenn du andere erfreust,
Du selbst dir Thränenquelle seyst.


Submitted by Harry Joelson

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Text added to the website: 2007-08-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:09
Line count: 18
Word count: 96