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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
 
Song of the Harper
By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
 
WHO never ate his bread in tears,
Who never through the mournful night
Sat weeping on his bed with fears—
He knows not, heavenly powers, your might!
 
You plunge him into life amain,        5
You lead him into sin from dearth,
Then leave the poor man to his pain—
For all sin is revenged on earth.
 
 
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