Karl Wilhelm Ramler
Karl Wilhelm Ramler (25 February 1725 – 11 April 1798) was a German poet.
Ramler was born in Kolberg. After graduating from the University of Halle, he went to Berlin, where, in 1748, he was appointed professor of logic and literature at the cadet school. In 1786 he became associated with the author, Johann Jakob Engel, in the management of the royal theatre, of which, after resigning his professorship, he became sole director from 1790-96. He died in Berlin and his memorial is to be seen on the exterior wall of the city's Sophienkirche. more »
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Ode Xxv. — To Concord
Not always to the heaven's harmonious spheres,
O Concord! listen — wander earth again;
Beneath thy plastic step
The peopled cities climb.
The chain, the scourge, the axe, beside thee bears
Deaf Nemesis — to avenge the wedlock's stain,
The pillage of the cot,
The spilsh of brother's blood.
From the warm ashes of their plunder'd homes,
On thee with clasped hands, with pleading tongue,
The lonely grandsire calls,
The widow'd mother calls,
And she — the flower of virgins now no more,
Doom'd, aye! to shed the unavailing eye
Some ruffian's orphan ...