Friedrich Schiller

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

Fantasie -- To Laura - Poem by Friedrich Schiller

Name, my Laura, name the whirl-compelling
Bodies to unite in one blest whole--
Name, my Laura, name the wondrous magic
By which soul rejoins its kindred soul!

See! it teaches yonder roving planets
Round the sun to fly in endless race;
And as children play around their mother,
Checkered circles round the orb to trace.

Every rolling star, by thirst tormented,
Drinks with joy its bright and golden rain--
Drinks refreshment from its fiery chalice,
As the limbs are nourished by the brain.

'Tis through Love that atom pairs with atom,
In a harmony eternal, sure;
And 'tis Love that links the spheres together--
Through her only, systems can endure.

Were she but effaced from Nature's clockwork,
Into dust would fly the mighty world;
O'er thy systems thou wouldst weep, great Newton,
When with giant force to chaos hurled!

Blot the goddess from the spirit order,
It would sink in death, and ne'er arise.
Were love absent, spring would glad us never;
Were love absent, none their God would prize!

What is that, which, when my Laura kisses,
Dyes my cheek with flames of purple hue,
Bids my bosom bound with swifter motion,
Like a fever wild my veins runs through?

Every nerve from out its barriers rises,
O'er its banks, the blood begins to flow;
Body seeks to join itself to body,
Spirits kindle in one blissful glow.

Powerful as in the dead creations
That eternal impulses obey,
O'er the web Arachne-like of Nature,--
Living Nature,--Love exerts her sway.

Laura, see how joyousness embraces
E'en the overflow of sorrows wild!
How e'en rigid desperation kindles
On the loving breast of Hope so mild.

Sisterly and blissful rapture softens
Gloomy Melancholy's fearful night,
And, deliver'd of its golden children,
Lo, the eye pours forth its radiance bright!

Does not awful Sympathy rule over
E'en the realms that Evil calls its own?
For 'tis Hell our crimes are ever wooing,
While they bear a grudge 'gainst Heaven alone!

Shame, Repentance, pair Eumenides-like,
Weave round sin their fearful serpent-coils:
While around the eagle-wings of Greatness
Treach'rous danger winds its dreaded toils.

Ruin oft with Pride is wont to trifle,
Envy upon Fortune loves to cling;
On her brother, Death, with arms extended,
Lust, his sister, oft is wont to spring.

On the wings of Love the future hastens
In the arms of ages past to lie;
And Saturnus, as he onward speeds him,
Long hath sought his bride--Eternity!

Soon Saturnus will his bride discover,--
So the mighty oracle hath said;
Blazing worlds will turn to marriage torches
When Eternity with Time shall wed!

Then a fairer, far more beauteous morning,
Laura, on our love shall also shine,
Long as their blest bridal-night enduring:--
So rejoice thee, Laura--Laura mine!


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  • Oilibheir Álain Christie (3/9/2018 8:13:00 PM)

    Original Text:

    Phantasie an Laura

    Meine Laura! nenne mir den Wirbel,
        Der an Körper Körper mächtig reißt!
    Nenne, meine Laura, mir den Zauber,
        Der zum Geist gewaltig zwingt den Geist!
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  • Oilibheir Álain Christie (3/9/2018 8:12:00 PM)

    Sieh! er lehrt die schwebenden Planeten
        Ew'gen Ringgangs um die Sonne fliehn
    Und, gleich Kindern um die Mutter hüpfend,
        Bunte Zirkel um die Fürstin ziehn.

    Durstig trinkt den goldnen Strahlenregen
        Jedes rollende Gestirn,
    Trinkt aus ihrem Feuerkelch Erquickung,
        Wie die Glieder Leben vom Gehirn.
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  • Oilibheir Álain Christie (3/9/2018 8:11:00 PM)

    Sonnenstäubchen paart mit Sonnenstäubchen
        Sich in trauter Harmonie,
    Sphären in einander lenkt die Liebe,
        Weltsysteme dauern nur durch sie.

    Tilge sie vom Uhrwerk der Naturen –
        Trümmernd aus einander springt das All,
    In das Chaos donnern eure Welten,
        Weint, Newtone, ihren Riesenfall!
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  • Oilibheir Álain Christie (3/9/2018 8:10:00 PM)

    Tilg' die Göttin aus der Geister Orden,
        Sie erstarren in der Körper Tod;
    Ohne Liebe kehrt kein Frühling wieder,
        Ohne Liebe preist kein Wesen Gott!

    Und was ist's, das, wenn mich Laura küsset,
        Purpurflammen auf die Wangen geußt,
    Meinem Herzen raschern Schwung gebietet,
        Fiebrisch wild mein Blut von hinnen reißt?
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  • Oilibheir Álain Christie (3/9/2018 8:09:00 PM)

    Aus den Schranken schwellen alle Sehnen,
        Seine Ufer überwallt das Blut,
    Körper will in Körper über stürzen,
        Lodern Seelen in vereinter Gluth.

    Gleich allmächtig, wie dort in der todten
        Schöpfung ew'gem Federtrieb,
    Herrschet im arachneischen Gewebe
        Der empfindenden Natur die Lieb'.
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  • Oilibheir Álain Christie (3/9/2018 8:08:00 PM)

    Siehe, Laura, Fröhlichkeit umarmet
        Wilder Schmerzen Überschwung;
    An der Hoffnung Liebesbrust erwarmet
        Starrende Verzweifelung.

    Schwesterliche Wollust mildert
        Düstrer Schwermuth Schauernacht,
    Und, entbunden von den goldnen Kindern,
        Strahlt das Auge Sonnenpracht.
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  • Oilibheir Álain Christie (3/9/2018 8:07:00 PM)

    Waltet nicht auch durch des Übels Reiche
    Fürchterliche Sympathie?
    Mit der Hölle buhlen unsre Laster,
    Mit dem Himmel grollen sie.

    Um die Sünde flechten Schlangenwirbel
    Scham und Reu', das Eumenidenpaar,
    Um der Größe Adlerflügel windet
    Sich verräthrisch die Gefahr.
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  • Oilibheir Álain Christie (3/9/2018 8:06:00 PM)

    Mit dem Stolze pflegt der Sturz zu tändeln,
    Um das Glück zu klammern sich der Neid,
    Ihrem Bruder Tode zuzuspringen,
    Offnen Armes, Schwester Lüsternheit.

    Mit der Liebe Flügel eilt die Zukunft
    In die Arme der Vergangenheit,
    Lange sucht der fliehende Saturnus
    Seine Braut – die Ewigkeit.
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  • Oilibheir Álain Christie (3/9/2018 8:04:00 PM)

    Einst – so hör' ich das Orakel sprechen –,
    Einsten hascht Saturn die Braut;
    Weltenbrand wird Hochzeitfackel werden,
    Wenn mit Ewigkeit die Zeit sich traut.

    Eine schönere Aurora röthet,
    Laura, dann auch unsre Liebe sich,
    Die so lang als Jener Brautnacht dauert,
    Laura! Laura! freue dich!
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  • Seamus O Brian (3/9/2018 10:43:00 AM)

    Fascinating extrapolation of the power of love to the physical forces of the universe. Also fascinating that the power of love/infatuation confers even upon the great minds an egocentric cosmology, in that the experience of love emotion in a single human being can render the entire universe wonderful to that individual. (And quite a tribute here to Laura, to boot) (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/9/2018 10:19:00 AM)

    Love exerts her sway! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (3/9/2018 9:37:00 AM)

    Laura, see how joyousness embraces
    E'en the overflow of sorrows wild!
    How e'en rigid desperation kindles
    On the loving breast of Hope so mild.........nice expression. Beautiful poem.
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  • Muzahidul Reza (3/9/2018 12:52:00 AM)

    And as children play around their mother,
    Checkered circles round the orb to trace...... wonderfully penned
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  • (3/9/2017 10:37:00 PM)

    Envy upon fortune loves to cling
    Fantastic fantasie indeed. Enjoyed reading.
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  • (3/9/2017 4:39:00 PM)

    Their wedding night..how beautiful this love poem is.. (Report)Reply

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  • Madhabi Banerjee (3/9/2017 12:14:00 PM)

    a wonderful love poem. thanks a lot (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvaonyema Uba (3/9/2017 9:09:00 AM)

    Nicely written in a quatrain
    of 17 stanzas embellished in
    a musical flow of rhyme and rhythm
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (3/9/2017 8:36:00 AM)

    Superb poem, A definition of true love nicely presented. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/9/2017 6:17:00 AM)

    Love connects atom to atom,
    soul rejoins its kindred soul,
    planets rove in endless race,
    sans love, spring will not glad us,
    mighty world willfly into dust,
    without her,
    Future hastens in the wings of love.
    sheer brilliance
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/9/2017 6:04:00 AM)

    Endless race! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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