Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
From by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

From by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

EV'RY youth for love's sweet portion sighs, Ev'ry maiden sighs to win man's love; Why, alas! should bitter pain arise From the noblest passion that we prove? Thou, kind ...

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From by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

From by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

SING no more in mournful tones Of the loneliness of night; For 'tis made, ye beauteous ones, For all social pleasures bright. As of old to man a wife As his better ...

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From by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

From by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

My grief no mortals know, Except the yearning! Alone, a prey to woe, All pleasure spurning, Up tow'rds the sky I throw A gaze discerning. He who my love can know ...

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From by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

From by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

WHO never eat with tears his bread, Who never through night's heavy hours Sat weeping on his lonely bed,-- He knows you not, ye heavenly powers! Through you the paths of ...

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Autumn Feelings by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Autumn Feelings by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

FLOURISH greener, as ye clamber,Oh ye leaves, to seek my chamber,Up the trellis'd vine on high!May ye swell, twin-berries tender,Juicier far,--and with more splendourRipen, and ...

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Lover In All Shapes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lover In All Shapes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To be like a fish,Brisk and quick, is my wish;If thou cam'st with thy line.Thou wouldst soon make me thine.To be like a fish,Brisk and quick, is my wish.Oh, were I a steed!Thou ...

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A Parable by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A Parable by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I PICKED a rustic nosegay lately,And bore it homewards, musing greatly;When, heated by my hand, I foundThe heads all drooping tow'rd the ground.I plac'd them in a well-cool'd ...

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After-Sensations by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

After-Sensations by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

WHEN the vine again is blowing,Then the wine moves in the cask; When the rose again is glowing, Wherefore should I feel oppress'd? Down my cheeks run tears all-burning,If I ...

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Courage by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Courage by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

CARELESSLY over the plain away,Where by the boldest man no pathCut before thee thou canst discern,Make for thyself a path! Silence, loved one, my heart! Cracking, let it not ...

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Book Of Contemplation – Five Things by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Book Of Contemplation – Five Things by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

WHAT makes time short to me?Activity!What makes it long and spiritless?'Tis idleness!What brings us to debt?To delay and forget!What makes us succeed?Decision with speedHow to ...

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The Country Schoolmaster by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Country Schoolmaster by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I.A MASTER of a country schoolJump'd up one day from off his stool,Inspired with firm resolve to tryTo gain the best society;So to the nearest baths he walk'd,And into the saloon ...

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Anniversary Song by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Anniversary Song by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

WHY pacest thou, my neighbour fair,The garden all alone?If house and land thou seek'st to guard,I'd thee as mistress own.My brother sought the cellar-maid,And suffered her no ...

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Mignon by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mignon by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do you know the land where the lemon-trees grow,in darkened leaves the gold-oranges glow,a soft wind blows from the pure blue sky,the myrtle stands mute, and the bay-tree high?Do ...

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Book Of Suleika – Love For Love by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Book Of Suleika – Love For Love by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

LOVE for love, and moments sweet,Lips returning kiss for kiss,Word for word, and eyes that meet;Breath for breath, and bliss for bliss.Thus at eve, and thus the morrow!Yet thou ...

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Apparent Death by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Apparent Death by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

WEEP, maiden, weep here o'er the tomb of Love;He died of nothing--by mere chance was slain.But is he really dead?--oh, that I cannot prove:A nothing, a mere chance, oft gives him ...

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Book Of Love – Love’s Torments by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Book Of Love – Love’s Torments by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

LOVE's torments sought a place of rest,Where all might drear and lonely be;They found ere long my desert breast,And nestled in its vacancy.

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At Midnight Hour by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

At Midnight Hour by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

AT midnight hour I went, not willingly,A little, little boy, yon churchyard past,To Father Vicar's house; the stars on highOn all around their beauteous radiance cast, ...

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The Dance Of Death by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Dance Of Death by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THE warder looks down at the mid hour of night,On the tombs that lie scatter'd below:The moon fills the place with her silvery light,And the churchyard like day seems to glow.When ...

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A Plan The Muses Entertained by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A Plan The Muses Entertained by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A PLAN the Muses entertain'dMethodically to impartTo Psyche the poetic art;Prosaic-pure her soul remain'd.No wondrous sounds escaped her lyreE'en in the fairest Summer night;But ...

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April by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

April by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Eyes tell, tell me, what you tell me,telling something all too sweet,making music out of beauty,with a question hidden deep. Still I think I know your meaning,there behind your ...

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Prometheus by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Prometheus by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

COVER thy spacious heavens, Zeus,With clouds of mist,And, like the boy who lopsThe thistles' heads,Disport with oaks and mountain-peaks,Yet thou must leaveMy earth still ...

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A Legacy by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A Legacy by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No living atom comes at last to naught!Active in each is still the eternal Thought:Hold fast to Being if thou wouldst be blest.Being is without end; for changeless lawsBind that ...

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Authors by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Authors by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

OVER the meadows, and down the stream,And through the garden-walks straying,He plucks the flowers that fairest seem;His throbbing heart brooks no delaying.His maiden then ...

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Anacreon’s Grave by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Anacreon’s Grave by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

HERE where the roses blossom, where vines round the laurels are twining,Where the turtle-dove calls, where the blithe cricket is heard,Say, whose grave can this be, with life by ...

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Reciprocal Invitation To The Dance by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Reciprocal Invitation To The Dance by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THE INDIFFERENT.COME to the dance with me, come with me, fair one!Dances a feast-day like this may well crown.If thou my sweetheart art not, thou canst be so,But if thou wilt not, ...

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Answers In A Game Of Questions by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Answers In A Game Of Questions by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THE LADY.IN the small and great world too,What most charms a woman's heart?It is doubtless what is new,For its blossoms joy impart;Nobler far is what is true,For fresh blossoms it ...

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Happiness And Vision by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Happiness And Vision by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

TOGETHER at the altar weIn vision oft were seen by thee,Thyself as bride, as bridegroom I.Oft from thy mouth full many a kissIn an unguarded hour of blissI then would steal, while ...

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Next Year’s Spring by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Next Year’s Spring by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THE bed of flowersLoosens amain,The beauteous snowdropsDroop o'er the plain.The crocus opensIts glowing bud,Like emeralds others,Others, like blood.With saucy gesturePrimroses ...

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Before A Court Of Justice by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Before A Court Of Justice by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THE father's name ye ne'er shall be toldOf my darling unborn life;"Shame, shame," ye cry, "on the strumpet bold!"Yet I'm an honest wife.To whom I'm wedded, ye ne'er shall be ...

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Restless Love by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Restless Love by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THROUGH rain, through snow,Through tempest go!'Mongst streaming caves,O'er misty waves,On, on! still on!Peace, rest have flown!Sooner through sadnessI'd wish to be slain,Than all ...

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Ballad Of The Banished And Returning Count by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ballad Of The Banished And Returning Count by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

OH, enter old minstrel, thou time-honour'd one!We children are here in the hall all alone,The portals we straightway will bar.Our mother is praying, our father is goneTo the ...

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Roman Elegies I by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Roman Elegies I by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tell me you stones, O speak, you towering palaces!Streets, say a word! Spirit of this place, are you dumb?All things are alive in your sacred wallseternal Rome, only for me all’s ...

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Alexis And Dora by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Alexis And Dora by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

FARTHER and farther away, alas! at each moment the vesselHastens, as onward it glides, cleaving the foam-cover'd flood!Long is the track plough'd up by the keel where dolphins are ...

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As Broad As It’s Long by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As Broad As It’s Long by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

MODEST men must needs endure,And the bold must humbly bow;Thus thy fate's the same, be sure,Whether bold or modest thou.

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Book Of Contemplation – Firdusi by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Book Of Contemplation – Firdusi by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

OH world, with what baseness and guilt thou art rife!Thou nurtures, trainest, and illest the while.He only whom Allah doth bless with his smileIs train'd and is nurtured with ...

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Another by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Another by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Go! obedient to my call,Turn to profit thy young days, Wiser make betimes thy breastIn Fate's balance as it sways, Seldom is the cock at rest;Thou must either mount, or fall,Thou ...

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Admonition by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Admonition by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

WHEREFORE ever ramble on?For the Good is lying near,Fortune learn to seize alone,For that Fortune's ever here.

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Blindman’s Buff by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Blindman’s Buff by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

OH, my Theresa dear!Thine eyes, I greatly fear,Can through the bandage see!Although thine eyes are bound,By thee I'm quickly found,And wherefore shouldst thou catch but me?Ere ...

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Night Thoughts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Night Thoughts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

OH, unhappy stars! your fate I mourn,Ye by whom the sea-toss'd sailor's lighted,Who with radiant beams the heav'ns adorn,But by gods and men are unrequited:For ye love not,--ne'er ...

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Farewell by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Farewell by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To break one's word is pleasure-fraught,To do one's duty gives a smart;While man, alas! will promise nought,That is repugnant to his heart.Using some magic strains of yore,Thou ...

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First Loss by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

First Loss by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

AH! who'll e'er those days restore,Those bright days of early loveWho'll one hour again concede,Of that time so fondly cherish'd!Silently my wounds I feed,And with wailing ...

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A Symbol by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A Symbol by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THE mason's trade Observe them well,Resembles life, And watch them revealingWith all its strife,-- How solemn feelingIs like the stir ...

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Calm At Sea by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Calm At Sea by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

SILENCE deep rules o'er the waters,Calmly slumb'ring lies the main,While the sailor views with troubleNought but one vast level plain.Not a zephyr is in motion!Silence fearful as ...

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Book Of Love – The Types by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Book Of Love – The Types by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

LIST, and in memory bearThese six fond loving pair.Love, when aroused, kept trueRustan and Rad!Strangers approach from farJoseph and Suleika;Love, void of hope, is inFerhad and ...

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Ganymede by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ganymede by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How, in the light of morning,Round me thou glowest,Spring, thou beloved one!With thousand-varying loving blissThe sacred emotionsBorn of thy warmth eternalPress 'gainst my ...

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Book Of Proverbs by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Book Of Proverbs by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

CALL on the present day and night for nought,Save what by yesterday was brought.-----THE sea is flowing ever,The land retains it never.-----BE stirring, man, while yet the day is ...

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The Fisherman by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Fisherman by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THE waters rush'd, the waters rose,A fisherman sat by,While on his line in calm reposeHe cast his patient eye.And as he sat, and hearken'd there,The flood was cleft in twain,And, ...

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Proximity Of The Beloved One by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Proximity Of The Beloved One by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I THINK of thee, whene'er the sun his beams O'er ocean flings;I think of thee, whene'er the moonlight gleams In silv'ry springs.I see thee, when upon the distant ridge The dust ...

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The Bliss Of Sorrow by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Bliss Of Sorrow by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

NEVER dry, never dry, Tears that eternal love sheddeth!How dreary, how dead doth the world still appear,When only half-dried on the eye is the tear!Never dry, never dry, Tears ...

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March by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

March by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THE snow-flakes fall in showers,The time is absent still,When all Spring's beauteous flowers,When all Spring's beauteous flowersOur hearts with joy shall fill.With lustre false ...

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