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THE DEATH OF SCHILLER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis said, when schiller's death drew nigh
Last Line: Sprang to a fairer, ampler sphere.
Subject(s): Immortality; Schiller, Johann Von (1759-1805); Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich Von

'TIS said, when Schiller's death drew nigh,
The wish possessed his mighty mind,
To wander forth wherever lie
The homes and haunts of humankind.

Then strayed the poet, in his dreams,
By Rome and Egypt's ancient graves;
Went up the New World's forest-streams,
Stood in the Hindoo's temple-caves;

Walked with the Pawnee, fierce and stark,
The sallow Tartar, midst his herds,
The peering Chinese, and the dark
False Malay, uttering gentle words.

How could he rest? even then he trod
The threshold of the world unknown;
Already, from the seat of God,
A ray upon his garments shone;--

Shone and awoke the strong desire
For love and knowledge reached not here,
Till, freed by death, his soul of fire
Sprang to a fairer, ampler sphere.

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