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Claudius (1740-1815), German poet
laurel wreathe the glass's vintage mellow,
drink it gayly dry!
farthest Europe, know, my worthy fellow,
such in vain ye'll try.
Hungary nor Poland e'er could boast it:
as for Gallia's vine,
Veit the Ritter, if he choose, may toast it,—
Germans love the Rhine.
fatherland we thank for such a blessing,
many more beside;
many more, though little show possessing,
worth our love and pride.
everywhere the vine bedecks our border,
well the mountains show,
harbor in their bosoms foul disorder;
worth their room below.
hills, for instance, are aspiring
rear a juice like wine;
that is all; nor mirth nor song inspiring,
breathes not of the vine.
other hills, with buried treasures glowing,
wine are far too cold;
iron ores and cobalt there are growing,
'chance some paltry gold.
Rhine,—the Rhine,—there grow the gay plantations!
hallowed be the Rhine!
his banks are brewed the rich potations
this consoling wine.
to the Rhine! and every coming morrow
mirth and music thine!
when we meet a child of care and sorrow,
send him to the Rhine.
Of The World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern,
Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900), Editor, Connoissuer Edition Vol. 9
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