Friedrich Schiller

(10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805 / Marbach, Württemberg)

Archimedes - Poem by Friedrich Schiller

To Archimedes once a scholar came,
"Teach me," he said, "the art that won thy fame;--
The godlike art which gives such boons to toil,
And showers such fruit upon thy native soil;--
The godlike art that girt the town when all
Rome's vengeance burst in thunder on the wall!"
"Thou call'st art godlike--it is so, in truth,
And was," replied the master to the youth,
"Ere yet its secrets were applied to use--
Ere yet it served beleaguered Syracuse:--
Ask'st thou from art, but what the art is worth?
The fruit?--for fruit go cultivate the earth.--
He who the goddess would aspire unto,
Must not the goddess as the woman woo!"


Comments about Archimedes by Friedrich Schiller

  • (11/10/2016 2:26:00 AM)


    Fantastic flight of imagery. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: woman, truth, women



Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



[Report Error]