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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII. 1876–79.


On Seeing the Goethe–Schiller Monument at Weimar

By George Browning (1813?–1878)

ON the Platz before the theatre

In the town of Weimar stand

Goethe, Schiller,—two immortals,

Idols of their fatherland!

Germany indeed may point with

Pride unto that poet pair;

As in life they by each other

Stood, so now the wreath they share.

One the Reaper cut down early,

Scarce had shone on him life’s prime;

But the other lived to carry

On his locks the silver rime.

Honored by their prince and country

In the Fürstengraft they lie,

Side by side their bodies crumble,

But their works will live for aye.