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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

In Goethe’s Garden

By Bettina von Arnim (1785–1859)

I FROM this hillock all my world survey!

Yon vale, bedecked by nature’s fairy fingers,

Where the still by-road picturesquely lingers,

The cottage white whose quaint charms grace the way—

These are the scenes that o’er my heart hold sway.

I from this hillock all my world survey!

Though I ascend to heights fair lands dividing,

Where stately ships I see the ocean riding,

While cities gird the view in proud array,

Naught prompts my heart’s impulses to obey.

I from this hillock all my world survey!

And could I stand while Paradise descrying,

Still for these verdant meads should I be sighing,

Where thy dear roof-peaks skirt the verdant way:

Beyond these bounds my heart longs not to stray.