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Long was the good man's sermon,

Yet it seemed not so to me;
For he spake of Ruth the beautiful,

And still I thought of thee.
Long was the prayer he uttered,

Yet it seemed not so to me;
For in my heart I prayed with him,

And still I thought of thee.
But now, alas! the place seems changed ;

Thou art no longer here:
Part of the sunshine of the scene

With thee did disappear.

Though thoughts, deep-rooted in my heart,

Like pine-trees, dark and high,
Subdue the light of noon, and breathe

A low and ceaseless sigh;
This memory brightens o'er the past,

As when the sun, concealed
Behind some cloud that near us hangs,

Shines on a distant field.

NUREMBERG. In the valley of the Pegnitz, where across broad

meadow-lands Rise the blue Franconian mountains, Nuremberg the

ancient stands, Quaint old town of toil and traffic, quaint old town of

art and song, Memories haunt thy pointed gables, like the rooks that

round them throng:

Memories of the Middle Ages, when the emperors,

rough and bold, Had their dwelling in thy castle, time-defying, centuries


And thy brave and thrifty burghers boasted, in their

uncouth rhyme, That their great imperial city stretched its hand through

every clime.

In the court-yard of the castle, bound with many an

iron band, Stands the mighty linden planted by Queen Kunigunde's

hand; On the square the oriel window, where in old heroic days Sat the poet Melchior singing Kaiser Maximilian's

praise. Everywhere I see around me rise the wondrous world

of Art : Fountains wrought with richest sculpture standing in

the common mart;

And above cathedral doorways saints and bishops carved

in stone,

By a former age commissioned as apostles to our own. In the church of sainted Sebald sleeps enshrined his

holy dust, And in bronze the Twelve Apostles guard from age to

age their trust; In the church of sainted Lawrence stands a pix of

sculpture rare, Like the foamy sheaf of fountains rising through the

painted air.


Here, when Art was still religion, with a simple, reverent

heart, Lived and laboured Albrecht Dürer, the Evangelist of

Art; Hence in silence and in sorrow, toiling still with busy

hand, Like an emigrant he wandered, seeking for the Better

Land. Emigravit is the inscription on the tombstone where he


Dead he is not, but departed,--for the artist never dies. Fairer seems the ancient city, and the sunshine seems

more fair, That he once has trod its pavement, that he once has

breathed its air! Through these streets so broad and stately, these ob

scure and dismal lanes, Walked of yore the Master-singers, chanting rude

poetic strains. From remote and sunless suburbs, came they to the

friendly guild, Building nests in Fame's great temple, as in spouts the

swallows build.

As the weaver plied the shuttle, wove he too the mystic

rhyme, And the smith his iron measures hammered to the

anvil's chime; Thanking God, whose boundless wisdom makes the

flowers of poesy bloom In the forge's dust and cinders, in the tissues of the


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Here Hans Sachs, the cobbler-poet, laureate of the

gentle craft, Wisest of the Twelve Wise Masters, in huge folios sang

and laughed. But his house is now an ale-house, with a nicely sanded

floor, And a garland in the window, and his face above the


Painted by some humble artist, as in Adam Puschman's

song, As the old man gray and dove-like, with his great beard

white and long. And at night the swart mechanic comes to drown his

cark and care, Quaffing ale from pewter tankards, in the Master's

antique chair. Vanished is the ancient splendour, and before my

dreamy eye Wave these mingling shapes and figures, like a faded

tapestry. Not thy Councils, not thy Kaisers, win for thee the

world's regard; But thy painter, Albrecht Dürer, and Hans Sachs, thy

cobbler-bard. Thus, O Nuremberg, a wanderer from a region far

away, As he paced thy streets and court-yards, sang in thought

his careless lay: Gathering from the pavement's crevice, as a floweret of

the soil, The nobility of labour,—the long pedigree of toil.


In his chamber, weak and dying,
Was the Norman baron lying;
Loud without the tempest thundered,

And the castle-turret shook.

In this fight was Death the gainer,
Spite of vassal and retainer,
And the lands his sires had plundered,

Written in the Domesday Book.
By his bed a monk was seated,
Who in humble voice repeated
Many a prayer and paternoster,

From the missal on his knee;

And, amid the tempest pealing,
Sounds of bells came faintly stealing,
Bells that, from the neighbouring kloster,

Rang for the Nativity.

In the hall the serf and vassal
Held, that night, their Christmas wassail:
Many a carol, old and saintly,

Sang the minstrels and the waits.

And so loud these Saxon gleemen
Sang to slaves the songs of freemen,
That the storm was heard but faintly,

Knocking at the castle-gates;
Till at length the lays they chanted
Reached the chamber terror-haunted,
Where the monk, with accents holy,

Whispered at the baron's ear.

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