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THE CAPTIVE KNIGHT.
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THE BATTLE PRAYER.
Karl Theodore Korner was born in Dresden, September 23,1791. Schiller and other literary men were constant visitors at his father's, and Korner early showed a passion for poetry. He joined the army to fight the French, and such was the bravery of the corps in which he was a lieutenant, that in a succeeding contest Napoleon laid a special plan for cutting them off. On the morning before Korner's first battle, he composed this "Prayer." A little later, while waiting in a wood through the night, watching for a detachment of the French troops, he composed his " Sword Song." rn the morning they received the ex­pected attack, and while repulsing and pursuing the enemy, Korner was exposed to the fire of both sides, and fell mortally wounded. His " Farewell to Life " is said to have been written just before he expired, August 16, 1S13,
The music to the " Battle Prayer " is the composition of Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, who was born in Brandenburg, Germany, in 1765. He studied theology at Halle, but aban­doned that to devote himself to music. He was a reputed son of Fredrick William II., whose chapel-master he became. He composed both secular and sacred music, much of which is still popular in Germany.








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