American Poetry in the Age of Whitman and Dickinson

Poems of Places 2

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From Poems of Places, vol. 17, Germany: vol. 1 (Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company, 1877), edited by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

[Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen)]

From Saxony, Sir Albert says, “In sooth, my treasures shine
As ores of gold and iron, in the dark shafts of the mine;
The gold our women teaches to be refined and pure,
The iron makes our manhood reliable and sure.”

— from “Maximillian, Roman King” by Graf von Auersperg (tr. John Osborne Sargent)

(Note: this Sargent was the brother of Epes, about whose “handwriting” Poe once wrote: “too much in the usual clerk style to be either vigorous, graceful, or easily read.”)

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Written by Ben Friedlander

January 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm

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