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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
 
Moonlight Night
By Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926)
 
SOUTH German night, spread out beneath the moon,
And mild as if all fairy tales were there;
The hours fall from the steeple in a swoon,
As if into some deep and hidden lair.—
A murmur and a rustling round the pond,        5
Then silence hangs but empty in the air;
And then a violin (God knows from where)
Awakes and says quite tranquilly:
                A blonde—
 
 
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