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PUNCH SONG. Friedrich Schiller

PUNCH SONG

      Four elements, joined in
       Harmonious strife,
      Shadow the world forth,
       And typify life.

      Into the goblet
       The lemon’s juice pour;
      Acid is ever
       Life’s innermost core.

      Now, with the sugar’s
       All-softening juice,
      The strength of the acid
       So burning reduce.

      The bright sparkling water
       Now pour in the bowl;
      Water all-gently
       Encircles the whole.

      Let drops of the spirit
       To join them now flow;
      Life to the living
       Naught else can bestow.

      Drain it off quickly
       Before it exhales;
      Save when ’tis glowing,
       The draught naught avails.

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