Il8 MODERN GERMAN LITERATURE She belonged to a patrician family long settled at Bingen on the Rhine; near the family mansion was the house where Stefan George grew up, and this poet was a frequent visitor to her home after she had proved to him that she could understand his poetry. When, therefore, Dehmel took leave of Frau Auerbach, after a visit which lasted two and a half hours, it is not surprising that he promised to read Stefan George's books. What he really thought of fart pour I'art we know from his essay Horer und Dichter in Retrachtungen* It was a dramatic coincidence that the only time he met Stefan George was on the doorstep of Frau Auerbach's house: he was coming, George was departing. And when, afterwards, Frau Ida wrote to George that she was interested in Dehmel, she received the withering reply: 'Wenn einer anfdngt schon %u finden, was dem andern gemein ist, dann ist es Zeit %um Abschiednehmen? The months which followed were productive: this love for another man's wife inspired Dehmel with poems such as Reschwichtigung, Enthullung, Drama^ Warnung^ Drohmg, Hans im Gliick, and the delightfully humorous Schneeflocken - it has just the magic of snowflakes falling. Paula and Frau Auerbach met, and tried to be friends. Then Con- sul Auerbach went bankrupt and his wife went to live in the house next to that of the Dehmels; Dehmel had prepared this new home for her. The manage a trois was of short duration; Dehmel once again fled to Hamburg, and this time he was fetched back by two women. In the end Dehmel fled with Frau Isi, and when divorced married her (igoi).1 The poems inspired by the wooing and winning of Frau Isi may easily be detected in Weib und Welt (1896). Such lyrics as Mannesbangen are electric with passion. There is a curious Oriental effect - torrid desert and on the far rim wafting palms - in Rjtf and Beriickung. Wirrsalz&di Der gute Hirte - in the latter the poet is Jacob calling to Leah and Rachel - defend the triangle arrange- ment with frankness and shameless humour. Some of the lyrics of the volume date from an earlier period. Of these the most sig- nificant is Die Harfe: the roaring wind strikes its wild music from the dark pine-wood, as the wind of primeval passion stirs the deeps of Dehmel's soul: 'Icb habe mit Inbrunsten jeder Art \ mich ^wischen Gott und Tier herumgeschlagen? In the present edition of Weib und Welt, too, those lovely lyrics find place which render moods of dusk and night (Ddmmer- undNachtgedichte) - Helle Nacbt, 1 His justification is frankly stated in No. 241 of Ausmvahlte Briefe.