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Heinrich von Morungen (d. 1222)

A Revery of Boyhood

Translation of Edward Tompkins McLaughlin

THERE we children used to play,

Through the meadows and away,

Looking ’mid the grassy maze

For the violets; those days

Long ago

Saw them grow:

Now one sees the cattle graze.

I remember as we fared

Through the blossoms, we compared

Which the prettiest might be:

We were little things, you see.

On the ground

Wreaths we bound;—

So it goes, our youth and we.

Over stick and stone we went

Till the sunny day was spent;

Hunting strawberries, each skirrs

From the beeches to the firs,


Children! Go

Home, they cry—the foresters.