Friedrich Schiller

Friedrich Schiller Poems

  • 1.  
    Wheresoever thou wanderest in space, thy Zenith and Nadir
    Unto the heavens knit thee, unto the axis of earth. Howsoever thou attest, let heaven be moved by thy purpose,
  • 2.  
    Wouldst thou give pleasure at once to the children of earth and the righteous?
    Draw the image of lust adding the devil as well!
  • 3.  
    See you the towers, that, gray and old,
    Frown through the sunlight's liquid gold, Steep sternly fronting steep?
  • 4.  
    Nature in charms is exhaustless, in beauty ever reviving;
    And, like Nature, fair art is inexhaustible too. Hail, thou honored old man! for both in thy heart thou preservest
  • 5.  
    APPENDIX.
    The following variations appear in the first two verses of Hector's
  • 6.  
    "How far beneath me seems the earthly ball!
    The pigmy race below I scarce can see; How does my art, the noblest art of all,
  • 7.  
    When the happy appear, I forget the gods in the heavens;
    But before me they stand, when I the suffering see.
  • 8.  
    I am a man! Let every one
    Who is a man, too, spring With joy beneath God's shining sun,
  • 9.  
    Once wisdom dwelt in tomes of ponderous size,
    While friendship from a pocketbook would talk; But now that knowledge in small compass lies,
  • 10.  
    Fools we may have in plenty, and simpletons, too, by the dozen;
    But for comedy these never make use of themselves.
  • 11.  
    'Tis thy Muse's delight to sing God's pity to mortals;
    But, that they pitiful are, is it a matter for song?
  • 12.  
    I chanced the other eve,
    But how I ne'er will tell, The paper to receive.
  • 13.  
    The Hypochondriacal Pluto. A Romance. Book I.
    The sullen mayor who reigns in hell,
  • 14.  
    The name of Wirtemberg they hold
    To come from Wirth am berg [69], I'm told. A Wirtemberger who ne'er drinks
  • 15.  
    Earthly gods my lyre shall win your praise,
    Though but wont its gentle sounds to raise When the joyous feast the people throng;
  • 16.  
    Here lies a man cut off by fate
    Too soon for all good men; For sextons he died late too late
  • 17.  
    (SUNG IN A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS.)
    With one last bumper let us hail
  • 18.  
    Twirl him! twirl him! blind and dumb
    Deaf and dumb, Twirl the cane so troublesome!
  • 19.  
    Does pleasant spring return once more?
    Does earth her happy youth regain? Sweet suns green hills are shining o'er;
  • 20.  
    Her likeness Madame Ramler bids me find;
    I try to think in vain, to whom or how Beneath the moon there's nothing of the kind.
  • 21.  
    It has ever been so, my friend, and will ever remain so:
    Weakness has rules for itself, vigor is crowned with success.
  • 22.  
    'Twixt the heavens and earth, high in the airy ocean,
    In the tempest's cradle I'm borne with a rocking motion; Clouds are towering,
  • 23.  
    Hear I the creaking gate unclose?
    The gleaming latch uplifted? No - 'twas the wind that, whirring, rose,
  • 24.  
    Plague's contagious murderous breath
    God's strong might with terror reveals, As through the dreary valley of death
  • 25.  
    What thou thinkest, belongs to all; what thou feelest, is thine only.
    Wouldst thou make him thine own, feel thou the God whom thou thinkest!
  • 26.  
    Into the sieve we've been pouring for years,
    o'er the stone we've been brooding; But the stone never warms, nor does the sieve ever fill.
  • 27.  
    Before his lion-court,
    Impatient for the sport, King Francis sat one day;
  • 28.  
    How does nature proceed to unite the high and the lowly
    In mankind? She commands vanity 'tween them to stand!
  • 29.  
    Religion 'twas produced this poem's fire;
    Perverted also? prithee, don't inquire!
  • 30.  
    Maiden, stay! oh, whither wouldst thou go?
    Do I still or pride or grandeur show? Maiden, was it right?
  • 31.  
    Now hearken, ye who take delight
    In boasting of your worth! To many a man, to many a knight,
  • 32.  
    Thou'rt welcome in my box to peep!
    Life's puppet-show, the world in little, Thou'lt see depicted to a tittle,
  • 33.  
    Thy wife is destined to deceive thee!
    She'll seek another's arms and leave thee, And horns upon thy head will shortly sprout!
  • 34.  
    Let thy speech be to thee what the body is to the loving;
    Beings it only can part, beings it only can join.
  • 35.  
    Most high and mighty Czar of all flesh, ceaseless reducer of empires, unfathomable glutton in the whole realms of nature.
    With the most profound flesh-creeping I take the liberty of kissing the rattling leg-bones of your voracious Majesty, and humbly laying this little book at your dried-up feet. My predecessors have always been accustomed, as if on purpose to annoy you, to transport their goods and chattels to the archives of eternity, directly under your nose, forgetting that, by so doing, they only made your mouth water the more, for the proverb Stolen bread tastes sweetest is applicable even to you. No! I prefer to dedicate this work to you, feeling assured that you will throw it aside.
  • 36.  
    A.
    Hark, neighbor, for one moment stay! Herr Doctor Scalpel, so they say,
  • 37.  
    Two genii are there, from thy birth through weary life to guide thee;
    Ah, happy when, united both, they stand to aid beside thee? With gleesome play to cheer the path, the one comes blithe with beauty,
  • 38.  
    "What knight or what vassal will be so bold
    As to plunge in the gulf below? See! I hurl in its depths a goblet of gold,
  • 39.  
    See how we hate, how we quarrel, how thought and how feeling divide us!
    But thy locks, friend, like mine, meanwhile are bleachening fast.
  • 40.  
    Fair bride, attended by our blessing,
    Glad Hymen's flowery path 'gin pressing! We witnessed with enraptured eye
  • 41.  
    Thou that art ever the same, with the changeless One take up thy dwelling!
    Color, thou changeable one, kindly descends upon man!
  • 42.  
    Look outside, good friend, I pray!
    Two whole mortal hours Dogs and I've out here to-day
  • 43.  
    Free from blemish to be, is the lowest of steps, and highest;
    Weakness and greatness alone ever arrive at this point.
  • 44.  
    RHINE.
    True, as becometh a Switzer, I watch over Germany's borders;
  • 45.  
    Once to a horse-fair, it may perhaps have been
    Where other things are bought and sold, I mean At the Haymarket, there the muses' horse
  • 46.  
    Ring and staff, oh to me on a Rhenish flask ye are welcome!
    Him a true shepherd I call, who thus gives drink to his sheep. Draught thrice blest! It is by the Muse I have won thee, the Muse, too,
  • 47.  
    Men now seek to explore each thing from within and without too!
    How canst thou make thy escape, Truth, from their eager pursuit? That they may catch thee, with nets and poles extended they seek thee
  • 48.  
    By love are blest the gods on high,
    Frail man becomes a deity When love to him is given;
  • 49.  
    Years has the master been laboring, but always without satisfaction;
    To an ingenious race 'twould be in vision conferred. What they yesterday learned, to-day they fain would be teaching:
  • 50.  
    A maiden blush o'er every feature straying,
    The Muse her gentle harp now lays down here, And stands before thee, for thy judgment praying,
Total 299 poems written by Friedrich Schiller

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