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FROM THE SINNGEDICHTE OF FRIEDRICH VON LOGAU - SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.
WHEREUNTO is money good ?
THE BEST MEDICINES.
Joy and Temperance and Repose
Man-like is it to fall into sin,
POVERTY AND BLINDNESS.
A blind man is a poor man, and blind a poor man is ;
LAW OF LIFE
Live I, so live I,
Lutheran, Popish, Calvinistic, all these creeds and doctrines three
THE RESTLESS HEART.
A millstone and the human heart are driven ever round;
Whilom Love was like a fire, and warmth and comfort it bespoke ;
ART AND TACT.
Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined ;
Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small ; Though with patience he stands waiting, with exactness grinds he all.
When by night the frogs are croaking, kindle but a torch's fire,
If perhaps these rhymes of mine should sound not well in strangers' ears,
Dark grow the windows,
And quenched is the fire ; Sound fades into silence,
All footsteps retire.
No voice in the chambers,
No sound in the hall ! Sleep and oblivion
Reign over all !
The book is completed,
And closed, like the day ; And the hand that has written it
Lays it away.
Dim grow its fancies,
Forgotten they lie; Like coals in the ashes,
They darken and die.
Song sinks into silence,
The story is told,
The hearth-stone is cold.
Darker and darker
The black shadows fall; Sleep and oblivion
Reign over all.