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KORNER AND HIS SISTER.
Charles Theodore Korner, the celebrated young German poet and soldier, was killed in a skirmish with a detachment of French troops, on the 20th of August, 1813, a few hours after the composition of his popular piece, “ The Sword-song." He was buried at the village of Wobbelin in Mecklenburgh, under a beautiful Oak, in a recess of which he had frequently deposited verses composed by him while campaigning in its vicinity. The monument erected to his memory is of cast iron, and the upper part is wrought into a lyre and sword, a favourite emblem of Korner's, from which one of his works had been entitled. Near the grave of the poet is that of his only sister, who died of grief for his loss, having only survived him long enough to complete his portrait, and a drawing of his burial-place. Over the gate of the cemetery is engraved one of his own lines :
“Vergiss die treuen Todten nicht.”
See Richardson's translation of Korner's Life and Works, and Downe's Letters from Mecklenburgh.
KORNER AND HIS SISTER,
GREEN wave the oak for ever o'er thy rest,
Thou that beneath its crowning foliage sleepest, And, in the stillness of thy country's breast,
Thy place of memory, as an altar keepest ; Brightly thy spirit o'er her hills was pour’d,
Thou of the Lyre and Sword!
Rest, bard! rest, soldier !--by the father's hand
Here shall the child of after years be led, With his wreath-offering silently to stand,
In the hush'd presence of the glorious dead. Soldier and bard! for thou thy path hast trod
With freedom and with God.
The oak wav'd proudly o’er thy burial-rite,
On thy crown'd bier to slumber warriors bore thee, And with true hearts thy brethren of the fight
Wept as they veild their drooping banners o'er thee. And the deep guns with rolling peal gave token,
That Lyre and Sword were broken.
Thou hast a hero's tomb :-a lowlier bed
Is hers, the gentle girl beside thee lying,
When thou wert gone, in silent sorrow dying.
She pined to share thy grave.
Fame was thy gift from others ;-but for her,
To whom the wide world held that only spot,
And in your early deaths divided not.
Her own blest place by thee !
It was thy spirit, brother! which had made
The bright earth glorious to her thoughtful eye, Since first in childhood midst the vines ye play'd,
And sent glad singing thro' the free blue sky. Ye were but two-and when that spirit pass'd,
Wo to the one, the last !
Wo, yet not long !--She linger'd but to trace
Thine image from the image in her breast, Once, once again to see that buried face
But smile upon her, ere she went to rest.
Too sad a smile! its living light was o'er,
It answer'd hers no more.
The earth grew silent when thy voice departed,
The home too lonely whence thy step had fled ; What then was left for her, the faithful-hearted ?
Death, death, to still the yearning for the dead! Softly she perish'd :--be the Flower deplor'd
Ilere with the Lyre and Sword!
Have ye not met ere now ?-so let those trust
That meet for moments but to part for years, That
weep, watch, pray, to hold back dust from dust, That love, where love is but a fount of tears. Brother, sweet sister! peace around
dwellLyre, Sword, and Flower, farewell !*
* The following lines recently addressed to the author of the above, by the venerable father of Korner, who, with the mother, still survives the “Lyre, Sword, and Flower” here commemorated, may not be uninteresting to the German reader.
Wohllaut tont aus der Ferne von freundlichen Lüften getragen,
Theodor Korner's Vater,