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Light And Warmth

Friedrich Schiller 1759 (Marbach am Neckar) – 1805 (Weimar)

In cheerful faith that fears no ill
  The good man doth the world begin;
  And dreams that all without shall still
  Reflect the trusting soul within.
  Warm with the noble vows of youth,
  Hallowing his true arm to the truth;

  Yet is the littleness of all
  So soon to sad experience shown,
  That crowds but teach him to recall
  And centre thought on self alone;
  Till love, no more, emotion knows,
  And the heart freezes to repose.

  Alas! though truth may light bestow,
  Not always warmth the beams impart,
  Blest he who gains the boon to know,
  Nor buys the knowledge with the heart.
  For warmth and light a blessing both to be,
  Feel as the enthusiast--as the world-wise see.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Friedrich Schiller

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller was a German poet philosopher historian and playwright During the last seventeen years of his life Schiller struck up a productive if complicated friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang Goethe with whom he frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics and encouraged Goethe to finish works he left merely as sketches this relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism They also worked together on Die Xenien The Xenies a collection of short but harshly satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe verbally attacked those persons they perceived to be enemies of their aesthetic agenda. more…

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