The Poems and Ballads of Schiller (1852)


The Poems and Ballads of Schiller (1852)


Title: The Poems and Ballads of Schiller

Author: Friedrich Schiller, Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton (trans)

Publisher: William Blackwood and Sons, 1852. 2nd edition thus.

Condition: Hardcover, decorative cloth. Fair. Covers bumped, faded and scraped, with edges fraying slightly. Moderately foxed. Text clean and unmarked. Binding sound.

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About Schiller (from Wikipedia):

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with the already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. They frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics, and Schiller encouraged Goethe to finish works he left as sketches. This relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Xenien, a collection of short satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe challenge opponents to their philosophical vision. Schiller is considered by most Germans to be Germany’s most important classical playwright.


“Respect the dreams of thy youth.” (Posa, in: Don Carlos)

“Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain” (Talbot, in: The Maid of Orleans)

“Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in any truth that is taught in life.” (Max in The Piccolomini, act 3, scene 4

“A tyrant’s power has a limit” (a Swiss freedom fighter, in: Wilhelm Tell)

“The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.” (Talbot, in: Maria Stuart)

“It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” (Franz in The Robbers)

“Live with your century but do not be its creature.” (From On the Aesthetic Education of Man)