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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
To Schelling
By August Graf von Platen-Hallermünde (1796–1835)
 
Anonymous Translation
With a Volume of Poems

IS he not also Beauty’s sceptre bearing,
  Who holds in Truth’s domain the kingly right?
  Thou seëst in the Highest both unite,
  Like long-lost melodies together pairing.
Thou wilt not scorn the dainty, motley band,        5
  With clang of foreign music hither faring,
  A little gift for thee from Morning-land,—
  Thou wilt discern the beauty they are wearing.
Among the flowers, forsooth, of distant valleys,
  I hover like the butterfly, that clings        10
  To summer-sweets and with a trifle dallies:—
But thou dost dip thy holy, honeyed wings,
  Beyond the margin of the world’s flower-chalice,
  Deep, deep into the mystery of things.
 
 
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