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“Too fair to worship, too divine to love.” – Henry Hart Milman NOT Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel – Historical Internet Research (2019)

Historical Analysis:

1. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is a philosopher who wrote in German. Only later was his work translated.  Hegel never even wrote in English.  Therefore if “Too fair to worship, too divine to love.” is the English translation, there must be an original German counterpart.  There is however no such translation in Hegel’s work.

2. Henry Hart Milman was a poet who wrote in English. He wrote “a poem on the Apollo Belvidere in 1812.”  According to Wikipedia, this exact work was recognized by the University of Oxford as the “Best Composition in English verse by an undergraduate” and rewarded with the honorable Newdigate prize which implies authenticity and therefore originality of his work.  Further, note how the last sentence rhymes with the previous sentence in the following exert of Apollo Belvidere:

“Beauteous as vision seen in dreamy sleep
By holy maid on Delphi’s haunted steep,
Mid the dim twilight of the laurel grove,
Too fair to worship, too divine to love.”

Historical Internet Research 02/21/2019 Conclusion:

Somewhat of a mistake has taken place in properly and accurately carrying over Human history onto the Internet. Apparently what was assumed to be an English translation “Too fair to worship, too divine to love.” of Hegels work is apparently Milman’s original work.  Things seem to have been mistakenly assigned to the wrong author. Both authors carry completely different styles. One was a poet, the other gentlemen was one of the most famous German Psychologists and later on a Philosopher who highly influenced Marx.  Neither of these authors even has a remote need to plagiarize each either. Chances are also highly unlikely that both came up with this particular quote at the same time.

This leads us to a single conclusion:

The quote “Too fair to worship, too divine to love.” was not written by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. It was apparently written by Henry Hart Milman who won the Newdigate prize with a poem on the Apollo Belvidere in 1812. “The Newdigate Prize, is awarded to students of the University of Oxford for the Best Composition in English verse by an undergraduate who has been admitted to Oxford within the previous four years.”
Wikipedia

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Sources:
1. The Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations (page 35) https://books.google.com/books?id=Fp1GAQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

2. Rome, Palaces and Villas of The Belvedere Apollo by Henry Hart Milman (1791–1868)
https://www.bartleby.com/270/5/311.html

3. Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newdigate_Prize
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Hart_Milman

4. Embarrassing item on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Worship-Divine-Love-Wilhelm-Friedrich/dp/B07KMJDFNC