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


On the Grave of Major Schill

By George Croly (1780–1860)

Buried on the Glacis of Stralsund
STRANGER! this heap is all the grave

Of one who died as die the brave!

And never bosom’s nobler tide

Stained flood or field, than when he died.

Stranger! no stone might dare to tell

His name, who on this red spot fell.

These steps are steps of German men,

Who, when the tyrant’s in his den,

Come nightly here, with solemn tread,

To vow their vengeance o’er the dead.

Dead!—No! that spirit’s lightening still!

Stranger! thou seest the grave of Schill!