Det dæmred alt i Skoven, jeg treen i Hallen ind,
De Jomfruer jeg skued ved Faklernes Skin;
Den Første ligned Vaaren, der snart i Blomster staaer,
Den Anden gik i Dandsen med udslagne Haar;
Men Ingen det veed, hvordan sig Lykken vender.

Den Tredie gav mig Haanden, den var saa hvid som Snee,
Den Fjerde har to Øine som Stjerner at see,
Den Femte kunde synge den yndeligste Sang,
Den Sjette kasted Runer, der gjorde Barmen trang;
Men Ingen det veed, hvordan sig Lykken vender.

Den Syvende sig bøied saa let som Pilens Green,
Den Ottende slog Harpen, da smelted hver Steen,
Den Niende var deilig som Lilien i sin Pragt,
Hun har mit Hjerte bundet med Kjærligheds Magt;
Men Ingen det veed, hvordan sig Lykken vender.

Hun Elskov ikke kjender, dog kan hun skifte Sind,
Men aldrig kan hun skifte sin favre Rosenkind,
Og aldrig kan hun skifte sit Aasyn uden Feil,
Og aldrig kan jeg glemme det klare Jomfruspeil;
Men Ingen det veed, hvordan sig Lykken vender.

— Den Lilievand sig hviled udi den grønne Lund,
Da nærmed sig en Ridder med Falk og med Hund,
Da skifted hun sin Tanke, da skifted hun sit Sind,
Og snart hun ogsaa skifted sin favre Rosenkind;
Thi ingen det veed, hvordan sig Lykken vender.


About Johannes Carsten Hauch


Johannes Carsten Hauch (May 12, 1790 - March 4, 1872), Danish poet, was born of Danish parents residing at Frederikshald in Norway. In 1802 he lost his mother, and in 1803 returned with his father to Denmark. In 1807 he fought as a volunteer against the English invasion. He entered the university of Copenhagen in 1808, and in 1821 took his doctors degree. He became the friend and associate of Steffens and Oehlenschläger, warmly adopting the romantic views about poetry and philosophy. His first two dramatic poems, The Journey to Ginistan and The Power of Fancy, appeared in 1816, and... Read more...

Poet of the day

Christopher Pearse Cranch (March 8, 1815 – January 20, 1892) was an American writer and artist.

Cranch was born in the District of Columbia. He attended Columbian College and Harvard Divinity School. He briefly held a position as a Unitarian minister. Later, he pursued various occupations: a magazine editor, caricaturist,...
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Poem of the day


Songs that could span the earth,
When leaping thought had stirred them,
In many an hour since birth,
We heard or dreamed we heard them.

Sometimes to all their sway
We yield ourselves half fearing,
Sometimes with hearts grown grey
We curse ourselves for...
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