Hugo Zuckermann: Austrian Cavalry Song

THERE in the meadow-land
Two jackdaws cry—
Is it on Danube’s strand
I’ll have to lie?
Or in a Polish grave?
Before my soul shall fly,
I’ll fight a rider brave.

There on the field I see
Two ravens scurry.
Shall I the first one be
Whom they must bury?
What’s that to me!
Many hundred thousands hurry
In Austria’s cavalry.

There in the evening breath
Hover two crows:
When comes the reaper Death
Who mows and mows?
We’re not afraid!
If but our banner blows
Over Belgrade!

Written 1914. Translation by Margarete Münsterberg, first printed 1916.

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