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Margarete Münsterberg, ed., trans.  A Harvest of German Verse.  1916.
 
Schiller’s Burial
By Konrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825–1898)
 
TWO dim and paltry torches that the raging storm
And rain at any moment threaten to put out,
A waving pall. A vulgar coffin made of pine
With not a wreath, not e’en the poorest, and no train—
As if a crime were swiftly carried to the grave!        5
The bearers hastened onward. One unknown alone,
Round whom a mantle waved of wide and noble fold,
Followed this coffin. ’Twas the Spirit of Mankind.
 
 
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