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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
 
Father, I Call Thee!
By Theodor Körner (1791–1813)
 
FATHER, I call Thee!
Smoke clouds enwrap me and cannons are crashing,
Round me the terrible lightnings are flashing.
Guide of all battles, I call Thee!
    Father, oh guide me!        5
 
Father, oh guide me!
Guide me to victory and to death lead me:
Lord, Thy commandments I know and I heed Thee;
Lord, as Thou willest, so guide me!
    My God, I heed Thee!        10
 
My God, I heed Thee!
Once amid murmur of leaves I could hear Thee,
Now in the thunder of war I am near Thee.
Fountain of mercy, I heed Thee.
    Father, oh bless me!        15
 
Father, oh bless me!
Into Thy hand my life I surrender:
Thou hast bestowed it, so take it, Defender!
Living or dying, oh bless me!
    Father, I praise Thee!        20
 
Father, I praise Thee!
Not for the goods of this earth we are fighting:
To guard the holiest, our swords are smiting.
Falling in triumph, I praise Thee.
    My God, I trust Thee!        25
 
My God, I trust Thee!
When all the thunders of death are roaring,
When from my veins the blood is pouring:
My life, God, I trust to Thee!
    Father, I call Thee!        30
 
 
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