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It surged unexpected from out the vast ocean
And swelled sleepy rivers and gurgling streams.
Wave after wave of Teutonic emotion
That dared not envisage improbable schemes
Now drowned the whole land in impossible dreams.
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The viaducts shuddered and loosed their foundations,
Unable to hinder or stifle the surge.
Awash with false hope and devout incantations
At junctions where highways and rivers converge
This staid man of Europe was brought to the verge.
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From Hamburg to Freiburg, from Dortmund to Gera,
The flood of excitement submerged one and all.
The currents grew strong as the waters grew clearer,
Whipped up by a sudden, unnatural squall
Till it came up against an Italian wall.
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It crashed ‘gainst this barrier with fury and vigour
Just as it had done to all others before.
But this time the wall appeared stronger and bigger,
Withstanding the might of the fluvial roar,
Through lack of a droplet-sized structural flaw.
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The tide could not breach the Italian defences,
Although it was backed by a northerly gale.
And at last it abated, abandoned pretences,
The waters retreated down gorges and vale,
Knowing full well they were destined to fail.
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Auf Wiedersehen Pet,
We will always remember
The way that you followed the brave Klinsmann muse.
Let’s hope when we’ve met
In the coming September,
You’ll still be entangled in post World Cup blues!