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No sound is breathed so potent to coerce,
And to conciliate, as their names who dare
For that sweet mother land which gave them birth
Nobly to do, nobly to die. Their names,
Graven on memorial columns, are a song
Heard in the future; few, but more than wall
And rampart, their examples reach a hand
Far thro' all years, and everywhere they meet
And kindle generous purpose, and the strength
To mould it into action pure as theirs.

TENNYSON, Tiresias.

COPYRIGHT, 1894, BY HENRY HOLT & Co,

PREFACE.

The present edition of Schiller's Jungfrau von Orleans can pretend to offer nothing new. The editor has made conscientious use of the very considerable literature on the subject, and begs to express his indebtedness to the many commentators whose industry has made his task a light one.

He has aimed at supplying the special needs of the American class-room, and inasmuch as the Jungfrau, perhaps the easiest of Schiller's plays, is often read at an early stage of the student's progress, he has admitted a considerable amount of elementary matter into the notes, and has sought to aid the student in enlarging his vocabulary by pointing out, in the case of words which he is likely to meet for the first time, their connection with English in a simple way. As the play is not an historical one, he has made no effort to trace all its agreements or disagreements with history, a method which would obscure rather than elucidate the play, por to show in detail the extent to which Schiller followed his authorities. These can be found conveniently presented in Boxberger's edition in Kürschner's National-Litteratur. The student should regard the heroine as a creation of the poetic imagination and to be studied in that light. She be: longs to poetry, not to history.

The text followed is that of the last editio. from Schiller's hand, with the few modifications that have been aç=

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