Littell's Living Age/Volume 136/Issue 1761/"Es stehen unbeweglich"

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Immovable, unchanging,
     The stars stand in the skies,
Upon each other gazing
     With sad and loving eyes.

They speak throughout the ages
     A speech so rich, so grand;
But none of all the sages
     That speech can understand.

But I that speech have mastered,
     Can all its meanings trace;
What for a grammar served me
     Was my beloved’s face.