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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
 
Esthonia
Esthonian Bridal Song
From the German
 
Translated by W. Taylor

DECK thyself, maiden,
With the hood of thy mother;
Put on the ribands
Which thy mother once wore:
On thy head the band of duty,        5
On thy forehead the band of care.
Sit in the seat of thy mother,
And walk in thy mother’s footsteps.
And weep not, weep not, maiden:
If thou weepest in thy bridal attire,        10
Thou wilt weep all thy life.
 
 
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