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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
 
Meissen
The Land Salique
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 

YET their own authors faithfully affirm
That the land Salique is in Germany,
Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe;
Where Charles the Great, having subdued the Saxons,
There left behind and settled certain French;        5
Who, holding in disdain the German women
For some dishonest manners of their life,
Establish’d then this law,—to wit, no female
Should be inheritrix in Salique land:
Which Salique, as I said, ’twixt Elbe and Sala,        10
Is at this day in Germany call’d Meisen.
Thus doth it well appear, the Salique law
Was not devised by the realm of France;
Nor did the French possess the Salique land
Until four hundred one-and-twenty years        15
After defunction of King Pharamond,
Idly suppos’d the founder of this law;
Who died within the year of our redemption
Four hundred twenty-six; and Charles the Great
Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French        20
Beyond the river Sala, in the year
Eight hundred five.
 
 
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