Some six decades later, when Arndt's famous question "Was ist das deutsche Vaterland?"
The hint of this ballad is found in Arndt's Murchen, Berlin, 1816.
A personal friend and spiritual son of Arndt, John Gerhard, followed closely in his footsteps.
Arndt burst into tears, and told his friend of all that had happened that night.
And Arndt knew not that while they surrounded him with delights it was only to make him forget his errand.
No; but it was a sight more glorious than Arndt had ever dreamed of.
Arndt was entangled, as a "demagogue," in a criminal case, and lost his appointment.
Arndt sleeps in gorgeous clothes, while Reutha toils in rags.
Napoleon tracked the lyric poet out; Arndt fled to Sweden; but continued to write for the cause.
This is one of Arndt's soul-stirring, patriotic hymns, published in 1806.