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Karl Theodor Körner (1791–1813)

Körner, Karl Theodor (kėr’ner). A noted German lyric poet; born at Dresden, Sept. 23, 1791; fell in battle against Napoleon near Gadebusch, in the vicinity of Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Aug. 26, 1813. His spirited war-songs, which have been the inspiration of Germany since, many of them written in the field, can be found in ‘Lyre and Sword’ (1814). Among the best of them are the ‘Battle Prayer’ and ‘The Sword Song.’ His earlier verse—dramas, opera texts, etc.,—although well received at the time, is of minor importance. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).