Extract from Michael Mitchell's translation

Roland Hill's Scotland

The Bridge over the Tay (Die Brück am Tay) (28 December 1879)

“When shall we three meet again?”

“At seven o' the clock, when comes the train.”

“Upon the bridge.”

“I'll douse the flame.”

“I'll be there too.”

“From the north I'll fly.”

“I from the south."

“From the sea come I.”

“There our sabbath to celebrate,

And send the bridge plunging into the spate.”

“And the train that comes at the seventh hour?”

“Is in our power!”

“Is in our power!”

“Built on sand — ”



“Are all the works of human hand!”

THEODOR FONTANE (Written 1880)