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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
 
Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen)
The Tomb of Charlemagne
Sir Aubrey de Vere (1788–1846)
 
AMID the torch-lit gloom of Aachen’s aisle
Stood Otho, Germany’s imperial lord,
Regarding, with a melancholy smile,
A simple stone, where, fitly to record
A world of action by a single word,        5
Was graven “Carlo-Magno.” Regal style
Was needed none: that name such thoughts restored
As sadden, yet make nobler men the while.
They rolled the marble back: with sudden gasp
A moment o’er the vault the kaiser bent,        10
Where still a mortal monarch seemed to reign.
Crowned, on his throne, a sceptre in his grasp,
Perfect in each gigantic lineament,
Otho looked face to face on Charlemagne!
 
 
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