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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
 
The Broken Ring
By Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788–1857)
 
DOWN in a cool, green valley
A millwheel goes all day,
And there my love would dally—
Now she is gone away.
 
She gave a ring for token        5
And pledged her faith as true:
Her faith—alas!—is broken,
The ring has burst in two.
 
I’d be a fiddler strolling,
And wander far from home!        10
My songs forever trolling,
From door to door I’d roam.
 
I’d be a rider, flying
Into the bloody fight,
By quiet campfires lying        15
Upon the field at night.
 
I hear the millwheel going:
I know not what I will—
I wish I might be dying,
Then it would stand quite still.        20
 
 
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