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    "Der Stern von Texas" A.H. Hoffman von Fallersleben Autograph Poem (not signed), 1.5 pages, 4.25" x 6.75", front and verso. In German. In 1843, German poet A.H. Hoffman von Fallersleben befriended writer Gustav Dresel who had recently returned from Texas. Hoffman encouraged Dresel to have his Texas journal published and volunteered to do the editing. In late 1845, a few weeks before a friend, Adolf Fuchs, and his family sailed for Texas, Hoffman wrote a poem for their departure, "Der Stern von Texas" ("The Star of Texas"). In 1846, he published a collection of 31 songs, Texanische Lieder. Even though it was published in Germany, Hoffman's title page said it was written by German Texans and published in San Felipe, Texas, by Adolf Fuchs & Co., in order to circumvent German censorship regulations. Offered here are all four stanzas, completely handwritten by Hoffman. The first stanza, loosely translated: "After Texas, after Texas. Where the star in the blue field announces a new world, each heart for right and liberty and for truth gladly ignites - |there my heart longs itself completely." August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben is better known as the author of the German anthem, "Das Deutschlandlied" which begins "Deutschland, Deutschland ├╝ber alles..." Evenly toned and near fine.

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