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


On the Walhalla

By August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798–1874)

Anonymous translation

HAIL to thee, thou lofty hall

Of German greatness, German glory!

Hail to you, ye heroes all

Of ancient and of modern story!

O ye heroes in the hall,

Were ye but alive, as once!

Nay, that would not do at all,—

The king prefers you, stone and bronze!