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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
 
A Day Spent
By Gustav Falke (1853–1916)
 
LEANING head on hand, I muse: oh, tell,
Day of beauty, have I used thee well?
 
First upon my wife’s dear lips a kiss,
Love’s salute and early morning bliss.
 
Faithful toil, for daily bread the care,        5
Men’s dispute in words that never spare.
 
Then I quaffed my glass with true delight,
Warded off a wicked wish with might.
 
From eternal stars with blessed beam
Comes to me at last the poet’s dream.        10
 
Leaning head on hand, I muse and tell:
Day of beauty, I have used thee well.
 
 
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