Eligius Franz Joseph von Münch-Bellinghausen

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Baron Eligius Franz Joseph von Münch-Bellinghausen (April 2, 1806May 22, 1871) was an Austrian dramatist, poet and short-story writer, born at Cracow, the son of a district judge. He wrote using the modest pseudonym of Friedrich Halm ("Halm" means a blade of grass or a blade of straw).


  • Zwei Seelen und ein Gedanke,
    Zwei Herzen und ein Schlag.
    • Translation:
      Two souls with but a single thought,
      Two hearts that beat as one.
    • Der Sohn der Wildnis (1842), Act ii (published in English as Ingomar the Barbarian; translation by Maria Lovell). Compare: "Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspir’d", Alexander Pope, The Iliad of Homer, Book xvi, line 267.; "’T was then we luvit ilk ither weel, ’T was then we twa did part: Sweet time—sad time! twa bairns at scule— Twa bairns and but ae heart", William Motherwell, Jeannie Morrison (c. 1832), Stanza 3.

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