Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Africa: Vol. XXIV. 1876–79.

The Barbary States: Carthage


By Friedrich von Schiller (1759–1805)

Translated by J. H. Merivale

O DEGENERATE child of a kind compassionate mother,

That to the might of Rome addest the cunning of Tyre!

But this ruled by her power the earth which her valor had conquered—

That instructed the world which by her prudence she won.

Say, what doth history tell of thee? She tells, thou didst ever

Win like the Roman by steel, rule like the Tyrian by gold.