The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 135
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A Survey of German Literature in Texas
throughout Europe. The second period extends from the mid-
dle to the end of the nineteenth century. This was the time
when the Germans in Texas began to publish newspapers, and to
combine into groups for the purpose of organizing churches and
schools, as well as political, literary, and musical clubs. The
third chapter lists what was written in the present century, after
the oldest German pioneers had died and their descendants had
intermingled, more or less, with the descendants of pioneer-
immigrants of other nations or other states.
As is proved by the innumerable guide-books and other de-
scriptive-often highly exaggerated-writings which came out
mainly during the first half of the nineteenth century, Texas
was then most popular as a goal for the German emigrant. The
poet Hoffman von Fallersleben, though he never saw the Lone-
Star state, was so enthused by the glowing descriptions of early
romantic writers and travelers that he composed a series of
poems* on that "land of freedom."
Hin nach Texas, hin nach Texas,
Wo der Stern im blauen Felde
Eine neue Welt verkuendet,
Jedes Herz fuer Recht und Freiheit
Und fuer Wahrheit froh entzuendet,
Dahin sehnt mein Herz sich ganz.
(On to Texas, on to Texas,
Where the lone star in its glory
Prophesies a world of freedom,
Beckons to each heart resounding
To the call for truth and justice-
There alone my heart would be.)
TIE EARLIEST WRITINGS, 1820-1850
The earliest German prose writings which, with a few notable
exceptions, were confined to official reports, guide-books, and de-
scriptive literature of historical or scientific nature, flourished
*See Julius Goebel's "Hoffman von Fallersleben's Texanische Lieder,"
"Yearbook 1918-1919 of the Deutsch-Amerikanische Historische Gesell-
schaft von Illinois.
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