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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882). Complete Poetical Works. 1893.


From the German. The Wave

  • (Die Welle)
    By Christoph August Tiedge

  • “WHITHER, thou turbid wave?

    Whither, with so much haste,

    As if a thief wert thou?”

    “I am the Wave of Life,

    Stained with my margin’s dust;

    From the struggle and the strife

    Of the narrow stream I fly

    To the Sea’s immensity,

    To wash from me the slime

    Of the muddy banks of Time.”