A poem of nine songs, the action of which takes place in a small German city, during the French bourgeois revolution. Each song of the poem is named after the music of the arts.
Everywhere refugees from the border regions of Germany and France. The German family sends Herman’s son with food and clothes to help the refugees. A young girl asks Herman for help, they have a woman in the wagon who gave birth to a child who has nothing to swaddle. The boy gives everything to her and goes home.
Hermann’s father wanted his son to marry one of the three daughters of a wealthy merchant neighbor, although by simple manners and upbringing his son was very different from prim girls. After the meeting with the refugees, Herman changed a lot, as his mother later found out, he liked
In search of a stranger Herman, a shepherd and an apothecary leave for the village where the refugees lived. There they learned from the judge that this girl is very brave, she saved the children from looters who attacked their house. After leading the shepherd and druggist home, the young man decides to talk with the girl. Dorothea, the same stranger in response to Herman’s offer to become an assistant to his mother, agrees. Taking her things, the girl, thinking that her name is a worker, goes with the boy to his house. Dorothea’s house, realizing the awkwardness of the situation, she was brought as a bride, she wanted to leave, but the young man confesses to her in love. In fact, Herman also liked Dorothea. The shepherd betroths the young, taking off the rings from her parents and giving them to the young ones. But Dorothea already had a ring, as it turned out her fiance died in the struggle for the revolution. This story further strengthened Herman’s decision to take the girl to wife.