A German Testament
BY ERICH KOCH-WESER
Translated by Olga Marx
Who mounted from the depths with pride --
An iron Destiny may churn
The earth to crouch beneath his stride,
Yet to the depths he must return.
A nameless fear already broods,
In vain he tries to lift the pall,
And all his servile multitudes
Are bound to perish with his fall.
GOETHE: The Awakening of Epimenides, Act II, Scene 4
ALFRED · A · KNOPF · NEW YORK · 1945