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When he beholds the maiden, the only beloved one, approaching.

Therefore let me go hence, to where desperation may lead me,

For my father already has spoken in words of decision, And his house no longer is mine, if he shuts out the maiden

Whom alone I would fain take home as my bride from henceforward."

Then the excellent sensible mother answer'd with quick


"Men are precisely like rocks when they stand opposed to each other!

Proud and unyielding, the one will never draw near to the other.

Neither will suffer his tongue to utter the first friendly


Therefore I tell you, my son, a hope still exists in my bosom.

If she is worthy and good, he will give his consent to your marriage,

Poor though she be, and although with disdain he refused you the poor thing.

For in his hot-headed fashion he utters many expres


Which he never intends; and so will accept the Refused One.

But he requires kind words, and has a right to require


For your father he is; his anger is all after dinner, When he more eagerly speaks, and questions the reasons of others,

Meaning but little thereby; the wine then excites all the vigor

Of his impetuous will, and prevents him from giving due weight to

Other people's opinions; he hears and he feels his own only.

But when evening arrives, the tone of the many dis


Which his friends and himself hold together, is very much alter'd.

Milder, becomes he as soon as his liquor's effects have passed over,

And he feels the injustice his eagerness did unto others Come, we will venture at once! Success the reward is of boldness,

And we have need of the friends who now have assembled around him.

Msot of all we shall want the help of our excellent pastor.'

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Thus she eagerly spoke, and leaving the stone that she sat on,

Also lifted her son from his seat. He willingly follow'd, And they descended in silence, revolving the weighty proposal.



BUT the Three, as before were still sitting and talking together,

With the landlord, the worthy divine, and also the druggist,

And their conversation still concern'd the same subject, Which in every form they had long been discussing together.

Full of noble thoughts, the excellent pastor continued: "I can't contradict you. I know 'tis the duty of mortals

Ever to strive for improvement; and, as we may see, they strive also

Ever for that which is higher, at least what is new they seek after,

But don't hurry too fast! For combined with these feel ings, kind Nature

Also has given us pleasure in dwelling on that which is ancient,

And in clinging to that to which we have long been accustom'd.

Each situation is good that's accordant to nature and


Many things man desires, and yet he has reed of but little;

For but short are the days, and confined is the lot of a mortal.

I can never blame the man who, active and restless, Hurries along, and explores each corner of earth and

the ocean

Boldly and carefully, while he rejoices at seeing the profits

Which round him and his family gather themselves in abundance.

But I also duly esteem the peaceable burgher,

Who with silent steps his paternal inheritance paces, And watches over the earth, the seasons carefully noting.

"Tis not every year that he finds his property alter'd; Newly-planted trees cannot stretch out their arms tow'rds the heavens

All in a moment, adorn'd with beautiful buds in abundance.

No, a man has need of patience, he also has need of Pure unruffled tranquil thoughts, and an intellect honest,

For to the nourishing earth few seeds at a time he entrusteth,

Few are the creatures he keeps at a time, with a view. to their breeding,

For what is Useful alone remains the first thought of his lifetime.

Happy the man to whom Nature a mind thus attuned may have given!

Tis by him that we all are fed. And happy the towns


Of the small town who unites the vocations of town

and of country.

fle is exempt from the pressure by which the poor farmer is worried,

Is not perplex'd by the citizens' cares and soaring ambition,

Who, with limited means,-especially women and maidens,

Think of nothing but aping the ways of the great and the wealthy,

You should therefore bless your son's disposition so peaceful,

And the like-minded wife whom we soon may expect him to marry."

Thus he spoke. At that moment the mother and son stood before them.

By the hand she lead him and placed him in front of her husband:

"Father," she said, "how often have we, when talking together,

Thought of that joyful day in the future, when Hermann, selecting

After long waiting his bride, at length would make us both happy!

All kinds of projects we form'd; designing first one, then another

Girl as his wife, as we talk'd in the manner that parents delight in.

Now the day has arrived; and now has his bride beer conducted

Hither and shown him by Heaven; his heart at length has decided.

Were we not always saying that he should choose for himself, and

Were you not lately wishing that he might feel for a maiden

Warm and heart-felt emotions? And now has arrived

the right moment!

Yes, he has felt and has chosen, and like a man has decided.

That fair maiden it is, the Stranger whom he encounter'd. Give her him; else he'll remain-he has sworn it-unmarried for ever. ""

And the son added himself:-" My father, O give her!
My heart has

Chosen purely and truly; she'll make you an excellent

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But the father was silent. Then suddenly rose the good


And address'd him as follows: "One single moment's decisive

Both of the life of a man, and of the whole of his Future.

After lengthen'd reflection, each resolution made by him.

Is but the work of a moment; the prudent alone seized the right one.

Nothing more dangerous is, in making a choice, than revolving

First this point and then that, and so confusing the feelings.

Pure is Hermann's mind; from his youth I have known him; he never,

Even in boyhood, was wont to extend his hand hither and thither.

What he desired was suitable to him; he held to it firmly.

Be not astonish'd and scared, because there appears on a sudden

What you so long have desired. 'Tis true the appearance at present

Bears not the shape of the wish, as you in your mind had conceived it.

For our wishes conceal the thing that we wished for; our gifts too

Come from above upon us, each clad in its own proper figure

Do not now mistake the maiden who has succeeded First in touching the heart of your good wise son, whom you love so.

Happy is he who is able to clasp the hand of his first love,

And whose dearest wish is not doom'd to pine in his bosom!

Yes, I can see by his face, already his fate is decided; True affection converts the youth to a man in a moment. He little changeable is; I fear me, if this you deny him,

All the fairest years of his life will be changed into sor


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