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For questions related to the life and works of Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805), a German philosopher, poet, historian, physician, and playwright. Consider using the [german-literature] with this and, if asking about his poetry, use the [poetry] tag.

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Why does "Ode to Joy"/Beethoven's Symphony #9 start with a reference to Greek mythology and only mention God towards the end?

The text of Beethoven's 9th Symphony was largely "borrowed" from the poem "Ode to Joy" by Friedrich Schiller. The text of the first verse of the poem (second verse of Beethoven's 9th symphony) is as ...