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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX. 1876–79.


Esthonian Bridal Song

By From the German

Translated by W. Taylor

DECK thyself, maiden,

With the hood of thy mother;

Put on the ribands

Which thy mother once wore:

On thy head the band of duty,

On thy forehead the band of care.

Sit in the seat of thy mother,

And walk in thy mother’s footsteps.

And weep not, weep not, maiden:

If thou weepest in thy bridal attire,

Thou wilt weep all thy life.