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Like the stamen inside a flower   
The steeple stands in lovely blue   
And the day unfolds around its needle;   

The flock of swallows that circles the steeple   
Flies there each day through the same blue air   
That carries their cries from me to you;   

We know how high the sun is now   
As long as the roof of the steeple glows,   
The roof that’s covered with sheets of tin;   

Up there in the wind, where the wind is not   
Turning the vane of the weathercock,   
The weathercock silently crows in the wind.   

Source: Poetry (April 2009)

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  • German Romantic poet Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin was born in Lauffen am Neckar in Württemberg. His early life was marked by loss: when the boy was two years old, his father died, and seven years later, his stepfather died. As a seminary student at Tübingen Stift, he studied Lutheran theology alongside future philosophers Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling. After leaving the church, Hölderlin worked as a tutor. With his seminary classmate Isaac von Sinclair, Hölderlin was arrested for treason in 1805, but he was declared mentally unfit and institutionalized in 1806. He was released in 1807 and spent the rest of his life in the care of a foster family in a tower in Tübingen overlooking the river Neckar.
     
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