Littell's Living Age/Volume 136/Issue 1763/"Wie kannst du ruhig schlafen"

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"WIE KANNST DU RUHIG SCHLAFEN?"

Sleep, and in peace? How canst thou?
And know I am still alive?
Back comes the old wrath, and straightway
My yoke in sunder I rive.

Dost know the old-world legend,
How once a youth that was dead
At midnight drew his loved one
Down to his churchyard bed?

Oh trust me, thou beauteous wonder,
Of all sweet the sweetest far,
I live, yes, live, and am stronger
Than legions of dead men are!

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