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The Merchant

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

Where sails the ship?--It leads the Tyrian forth
  For the rich amber of the liberal north.
  Be kind, ye seas--winds, lend your gentlest wing,
  May in each creek sweet wells restoring spring!--
  To you, ye gods, belong the merchant!--o'er
  The waves his sails the wide world's goods explore;
  And, all the while, wherever waft the gales
  The wide world's good sails with him as he sails!

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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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