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First Line: Two dim and paltry torches that the raging storm
Last Line: "followed this coffin. ""twas the spirit of mankind."
Alternate Author Name(s): Meyer, Konrad
Subject(s): Schiller, Johann Von (1759-1805); Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich Von

Two dim and paltry torches that the raging storm
And rain at any moment threaten to put out,
A waving pall. A vulgar coffin made of pine
With not a wreath, not e'en the poorest, and no train--
As if a crime were swiftly carried to the grave!
The bearers hastened onward. One unknown alone,
Round whom a mantle waved of wide and noble fold,
Followed this coffin. "Twas the Spirit of Mankind.

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