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Friedrich Schiller

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

Odysseus


Seeking to find his home, Odysseus crosses each water;
Through Charybdis so dread; ay, and through Scylla's wild yells,
Through the alarms of the raging sea, the alarms of the land too,--
E'en to the kingdom of hell leads him his wandering course.
And at length, as he sleeps, to Ithaca's coast fate conducts him;
There he awakes, and, with grief, knows not his fatherland now.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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