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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
 
Appendix: Swabia
The Swabian Maiden
Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart (1739–1791)
 
Translated by A. Baskerville

I AM a Swabian maiden,
My face is brown and tanned;
’T is true I am not gifted
Like maids in Saxon land.
 
To read in books they ’re able,        5
They Gleim and Wieland praise;
Sweet are as virgin honey
Their manners and their ways.
 
The raillery they sting with
Is like a pointed lance;        10
The wit that they discourse with
Is taken from romance.
 
’T is true that I possess not
These cunning arts of life;
Yet for an honest Swabian        15
Were I an honest wife.
 
For trifling, writing, reading
All turn a maiden’s head:
The man for me elected
Will read for me instead.        20
 
Fair youth, art thou from Swabia?
Dost love thy fatherland?
So come then, thou shalt have me;
Behold! here is my hand!
 
 
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