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April 8, 2019

Schubert set one of the 28 stanza's of Schiller's poem to music. We present an original translation along with the original German. Stay tuned for the complete translation.

Oh beautiful world, where art thou flown?

Oh face of nature’s purest bloom, return!
Now only in th...

April 1, 2019

Three words hears man of the highest import

Which fly from the mouth of the greatest;

Their sound is lost, the meaning ears abort;

They never console our ailing breast.

The sweetest fruit will forever be lost

So long as we in the mere shadows trust.

As long as he believes th...

February 18, 2019

Was that not the little gate swinging?
The sound of the bar when it turns?
   No, just the wind with its singing
   Through the poplars – how it moans!

Adorn yourselves, you green and leafy beams,
To feel fair moonlight come, your arches gracing,
Your branches...

November 30, 2018

"Who dares enter this chasm of water,

Is there some brave knight or valiant youth?

Let him who can vanquish the frothing water

Bring me back my chalice as his proof.

As a prize I'll happily grant this golden goblet

To he who accepts this perilous gauntlet."

The king speaks,...

November 10, 2018

“Trust me, the fountain of youth, it is no fable. It is running

Truly and always. Ye ask, where? In poetical art.”

- Friedrich Schiller, The Fountain of Youth

Friedrich Schiller was born on November 10th, 1759 in Marbach, Württemberg. He was without question one of the gr...

August 24, 2018

See ye there the ancient graying
Castles, 'cross the straits surveying,
Sunny gilded citadels,
Where the Hellespont is rolling
Waves between the high patrolling
Portals of the Dardanelles?
Hear ye how the stormy billows
Break upon the cliffs above?
Asia they have torn...

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam of Troy. She was given the ability to foresee the future by the god Apollo, but also cursed because the populace would not believe her prophecies, including her warnings about the Trojan Horse and the destruc...

Even the beautiful must perish; it sways the gods, and rules mankind!
  Yet it does not move the iron breast of the Stygean Zeus.
Only once did love soften the heart of the ruler of shadows,
  And just on the threshold, he stiffened, and sternly withdrew his gift.
Not...

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