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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
 
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The Two Coffins
Andreas Justinus Kerner (1786–1862)
 
Translated by H. W. Dulcken

AWAY in the old cathedral
  Two coffins stand alone;
In one of them sleeps King Ottmar,
  And the singer rests in one.
 
The king sat once in power,        5
  High throned in his father’s land;
The crown still graces his temples,
  The falchion his kingly hand.
 
But near the proud king the singer
  Is peacefully sleeping on,        10
In his lifeless hand still clasping
  The harp of the pious tone.
 
The castles around are falling,
  The war-cry rings through the land,
The sword, it stirreth never        15
  There in the dead king’s hand.
 
Blossoms and vernal breezes
  Are floating the vale along,
And the singer’s harp is sounding
  In never-ending song.        20
 
 
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