He wrote both words and music in a fit of patriotic excitement after a public dinner.
Amongst nomads the tribe is the unit of government, the political bond is personal, and there is no definite territorial association of the people, who may be loyal but cannot be patriotic. The idea of a country arises only when a nation, either homogeneous or composed of several races, establishes itself in a region the boundaries of which may be defined and defended against aggression from without.
Follen was the author of several celebrated patriotic songs written in the interests of liberty.
Encouraged by the sympathy of all patriotic Germans and the newly found energy of its own subjects, the House of Habsburg now began to prepare for war.
Yet some can be patriotic who have no self-respect, and sacrifice the greater to the less.