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CURIOSITIES OF MUSIC.
in the castle, to avoid discovery by leaving while it was yet dark. We present the reader with a specimen (author unknown).
Vor tags ich hort, in liebes port, wohl diese wort,
Von wachters mund erklingen; 1st jeman ji, vorborgen hie, derachte wie,
Er mog hindannen sprengen, &c
I heard before the dawn of day
The watchman loud proclaim; " If any knightly lover stay
In secret with his dame, Take heed the sun will soon appear; Then fly, ye knights, your ladies dear,
Fly ere the day-light dawn.
" Brightly gleams the firmament,
In silvery splendor gay, Rejoicing that the night is spent,
The lark salutes the day: Then fly, ye lovers, and begone! Take leave before the night is done,
And jealous eyes appear."
That watchman's call did wound my heart, And banished my delight; " Alas, the envious sun will part Our loves, my lady bright" On me she looked with downcast eye, Despairing at my mournful cry, 44 We tarry here too long."
Straight to the wicket did she speed; " Good watchman spare thy joke! Warn not my love, till o'er the mead The morning sun has broke:






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