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

Lahneck, the Castle

The Salutation of a Spirit

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)

Translated by George Bancroft

HIGH on the castle’s ancient walls

The warrior’s shade appears,

Who to the bark that ’s passing calls,

And thus its passage cheers:

“Behold! these sinews once were strong;

This heart was firm and bold;

Mid war and glory, feast and song,

My earthly years were told.

“Restless through half of life I ran,

In half have sought for ease.

What then? Thou bark, that sail’st with man,

Haste, haste to cleave the seas!”