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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
 
Prevorst
To the Ghost-Seeress of Prevorst after Her Decease
Andreas Justinus Kerner (1786–1862)
 
Translated by J. C. Mangan

FAREWELL!—the All I owe to thee
  This breast enshrined shall ever keep:
Mine inner sense upwakes to see
  The ghostworld’s clear and wondrous deep.
 
Where’er thy home, in light or shade,        5
  A spirit still thou wert and art:
O, if my faith shall fail or fade,
  Send thou a sign to cheer my heart!
 
And, since thou soon shalt share the power
  Of purer spirits, blesséd, bright,        10
Sustain me in that fateful hour
  When death shall rob mine eyes of light!
 
Above thy grave-mound blooms and blows
  Of all dear flowers the dearest one,
Mute witness of the Saviour’s woes,        15
  Thine own beloved Hypericon.
 
And that lone flower, blood-hued at heart,
  And gold without, from every leaf
Shall nightly to my soul impart
  The memory of thy faith and grief.        20
 
Farewell!—the world may mock, may rave;
  Me little move its words or ways;
Men’s idle scorn he well can brave
  Who never wooed their idler praise.

END OF VOL. I.
 
 
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