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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Prophecy
By Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724–1803)
 
Translation of Francis J. Lange

FROM the charger’s glances, the hoof’s uplifting,
Stamping of hoofs, neighing, snorting, and bound,
The bards foretold fate; I too see,
And my eye pierces the future.
 
Will it gall forever? Thy yoke, Germania,        5
Soon it will fall: one more century yet,
And then it is done; then the rule
Of the sword yields to the reason.
 
For with curving neck through the forest rushed he,
Bounded along, tossed his mane to the wind,—        10
The steed,—as an omen, with scorn
For the storm’s rage and the stream’s rage.
 
On the meadow stood he, and stamped and neighing
Lifted his eyes; careless grazed he, and proud,
Nor looked on the rider who lay        15
In his blood, dead by the merestone.
 
It is not forever! Thy yoke, Germania,
Soon it will fall: one more century yet,
And then it is done; then the rule
Of the sword yields to the reason.        20
 
 
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