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DECLARATION OF WAR.

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Written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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 OH, would I resembled

The country girls fair,
Who rosy-red ribbons

And yellow hats wear!

To believe I was pretty

I thought was allow'd;
In the town I believed it

When by the youth vow'd.
Now that Spring hath return'd, All my joys disappear; The girls of the country Have lured him from here.
To change dress and figure, Was needful I found, My bodice is longer, My petticoat round.
My hat now is yellow.
My bodice like snow; The clover to sickle With others I go.
Something pretty, e'er long Midst the troop he explores; The eager boy signs me To go within doors.
I bashfully go,-- Who I am, he can't trace; He pinches my cheeks, And he looks in my face.
The town girl now threatens You maidens with war; Her twofold charms pledges .
Of victory are.
1803.


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