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the final resting place

Lorch Monastery

Door with iron fittings at Lorch Monastery. Image: Roland Schwarz
In remembrance of the House of Staufen

Lorch in poetry

Pastoral beauty, the inspiring atmosphere of the old monastery, and the history of the House of Staufen, full of tragedy and majesty: no wonder that Lorch Monastery inspired the poets of the 19th century.

Lorch Monastery from the south, pen and ink drawing with watercolor, Johan Sebald Baumeister, 1804. Image: Museum in the Prediger Church, Schwäbisch Gmünd

Great writers have written of the scenery.

"In remembrance of Lorch"

Carl Philipp Conz (1762–1827) was born in Lorch, the son of one of the monastery scribes. He made a career as a poet and professor of classic literature and eloquence in Tübingen.
He wistfully remembered:
"Even yet, I think of my youth as a sweet thing
Spent there in the Gothic abbey
Even yet I hear the bells that softly ring
From the nearest tower, and my soul would fly
Waking with its sound belief so true
The images even yet so fresh and new.
O days truly written on my soul
With love for you my heart ever is full."

Albert Knapp, engraving by P. Barfus. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Ernst Surkamp

Albert Knapp wrote about the tomb of the House of Staufen.

"Monument in the church of Lorch"

In 1839, the "Hohenstaufen" collection of poetry by Albert Knapp (1798–1864), priest and composer of many church songs, was published. He wrote the following poem above the tomb of the House of Staufen in the monastery church:
"Forefather of the House of Staufen! In the center here
The church you built, fruit of a pious life,
Wrapped in faith, may you peaceful rest,
With Agnes, your imperial wife:
How silent it is here! O may this sarcophagus stay,
Now and until the Judgment Day!"