|C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the Worlds Best Literature.|
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.
|By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (17291781)|
|WHO will not mighty Klopstock praise?|
|Will everybody read him? Nay!|
| A little less extol our lays,|
|And read a little more, we pray.|
| [This epigram evidently suggested to James Russell Lowell his pithy characterization of Klopstock as an immortality of unreadableness. Lessing also, in a letter to Gleim (October 2d, 1757), asks: What do you say to Klopstocks sacred songs? If you condemn them, I shall suspect your Christianity; if you approve of them, I shall question your taste.]|