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OPENING OF THE TOMB OF CHARLEMAGNE, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Amid the cloistered gloom of aachen's aisle
Subject(s): Aachen, Germany; Charlemagne (742-814); Graves

Amid the cloistered gloom of Aachen's aisle
Stood Otho, Germany's imperial lord,
Regarding,- with a melancholy smile,
A simple stone, where, fitly to record
A world of action by a single word,
Was graven "Carlo-Magno." Regal style
Was needed none; that name such thoughts restored
As sadden, yet make nobler, men the while,
They rolled the marble back. With sudden gasp,
A moment o'er the vault the Kaiser bent,
Where still a mortal monarch seemed to reign.
Crowned on his throne, a scepter in his grasp,
Perfect in each gigantic lineament,
Otho looked face to face on Charlemagne.

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