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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
German Art
By Friedrich von Schiller (1759–1805)
 
Translation of Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton

BY no kind Augustus reared,
To no Medici endeared,
      German Art arose:
Fostering glory smiled not on her;
Ne’er with kingly smiles to sun her,        5
      Did her blooms unclose.
 
No,—she went by monarchs slighted,
Went unhonored, unrequited,
      From high Frederick’s throne;
Praise and pride be all the greater,        10
That man’s genius did create her
      From man’s worth alone.
 
Therefore, all from loftier mountains,
Purer wells and richer fountains,
      Streams our poet-art:        15
So no rule to curb its rushing;
All the fuller flows it gushing
      From its deep,—the heart.
 
 
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