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    SONG OF FELLOWSHIP


    In ev'ry hour of joy
    That love and wine prolong,
    The moments we'll employ
    To carol forth this song!

    We're gathered in His name,
    Whose power hath brought us here;
    He kindled first our flame,
    He bids it burn more clear.

    Then gladly glow to-night,
    And let our hearts combine!
    Up! quaff with fresh delight
    This glass of sparkling wine!

    Up! hail the joyous hour,
    And let your kiss be true;
    With each new bond of power
    The old becomes the new!

    Who in our circle lives,
    And is not happy there?
    True liberty it gives,
    And brother's love so fair.

    Thus heart and heart through life
    With mutual love are fill'd;
    And by no causeless strife
    Our union e'er is chill'd.

    Our hopes a God has crown'd
    With life-discernment free,
    And all we view around,
    Renews our ecstasy.

    Ne'er by caprice oppress'd,
    Our bliss is ne'er destroy'd;
    More freely throbs our breast,
    By fancies ne'er alloy'd.

    Where'er our foot we set,
    The more life's path extends,
    And brighter, brighter yet
    Our gaze on high ascends.

    We know no grief or pain,
    Though all things fall and rise;
    Long may we thus remain!
    Eternal be our ties!



    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1775.
    And all my youth passed by sad-hearted,
    the joy of Spring was never mine;
    Autumn blows through me dread of parting,
    and my heart dreams and longs to die.

    - Nikolaus Lenau (1802-1850)

    Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.

    - Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phlegethon
    SONG OF FELLOWSHIP


    In ev'ry hour of joy
    That love and wine prolong,
    The moments we'll employ
    To carol forth this song!

    We're gathered in His name,
    Whose power hath brought us here;
    He kindled first our flame,
    He bids it burn more clear.

    Then gladly glow to-night,
    And let our hearts combine!
    Up! quaff with fresh delight
    This glass of sparkling wine!

    Up! hail the joyous hour,
    And let your kiss be true;
    With each new bond of power
    The old becomes the new!

    Who in our circle lives,
    And is not happy there?
    True liberty it gives,
    And brother's love so fair.

    Thus heart and heart through life
    With mutual love are fill'd;
    And by no causeless strife
    Our union e'er is chill'd.

    Our hopes a God has crown'd
    With life-discernment free,
    And all we view around,
    Renews our ecstasy.

    Ne'er by caprice oppress'd,
    Our bliss is ne'er destroy'd;
    More freely throbs our breast,
    By fancies ne'er alloy'd.

    Where'er our foot we set,
    The more life's path extends,
    And brighter, brighter yet
    Our gaze on high ascends.

    We know no grief or pain,
    Though all things fall and rise;
    Long may we thus remain!
    Eternal be our ties!



    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1775.

    Might there be an mp3 to follow?

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    Do you want me to sing?

    I am sure there is some MP3 of that song available; in German of course.
    And all my youth passed by sad-hearted,
    the joy of Spring was never mine;
    Autumn blows through me dread of parting,
    and my heart dreams and longs to die.

    - Nikolaus Lenau (1802-1850)

    Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.

    - Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)

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    And all my youth passed by sad-hearted,
    the joy of Spring was never mine;
    Autumn blows through me dread of parting,
    and my heart dreams and longs to die.

    - Nikolaus Lenau (1802-1850)

    Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.

    - Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phlegethon

    This song makes me want to drink Warsteiner until I die.


    Very good!

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