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The New Paris The New Paris

The New Paris
A CHILD'S TALE, BY J. W. GOETHE. (The following fanciful tale occurs in the autobiography of Goethe, to which he has given the name of "Dichtung und Wahrheit." He is supposed to tell it, in his childhood, to a party of juvenile friends, and he introduces it thus: "I could afford great amusement to my friend, Pylades, and other kindly-disposed acquaintance, by telling them stories. They liked them, especially when I told them in my own person, being much delighted to hear that such odd things could befall their play-fellow. As for the question when I could find time... Short Stories - Post by : rcgroup - Date : September 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 2133

Erotica Romana Erotica Romana

Erotica Romana
I Here's where I've planted my garden and here I shall care for love's blossoms-- As I am taught by my muse, carefully sort them in plots: Fertile branches, whose product is golden fruit of my lifetime, Set here in happier years, tended with pleasure today. You, stand here at my side, good Priapus--albeit from thieves I've Nothing to fear. Freely pluck, whosoever would eat. --Hypocrites, those are the ones! If weakened with shame and bad conscience One of those criminals comes, squinting out over... Poems - Post by : larryh - Date : August 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 2438

The Pariah - III - The Pariah's Thanks The Pariah - III - The Pariah's Thanks

The Pariah - III - The Pariah's Thanks
III - The Pariah's ThanksMIGHTY Brama, now I'll bless thee!'Tis from thee that worlds proceed!As my ruler I confess thee,For of all thou takest heed.All thy thousand ears thou keepestOpen to each child of earth;We, 'mongst mortals sunk the deepest,Have from thee received new birth.Bear in mind the woman's story,Who, through grief, divine became;Now I'll wait to view His glory,Who omnipotence can claim. 1821.Content of III - The Pariah's ThanksTHE... Poems - Post by : christyk - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 3011

The Pariah - II - Legend The Pariah - II - Legend

The Pariah - II - Legend
II - Legend(The successful manner in which Goethe employs the simplerhymeless trochaic metre in this and in many other Poems willperhaps be remarked by the reader.)WATER-FETCHING goes the nobleBrahmin's wife, so pure and lovely;He is honour'd, void of blemish.And of justice rigid, stern.Daily from the sacred riverBrings she back refreshments precious;--But where is the pail and pitcher?She of neither stands in need.For with pure heart, hands unsullied,She the water lifts, and rolls itTo a wondrous ball of crystalThis she bears with gladsome bosom,Modestly, with graceful motion,To her husband in the house.She to-day at dawn of morningPraying comes to Ganges' waters,Bends her... Poems - Post by : DrHoffm - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 2528

The Pariah - I - The Pariah's Prayer The Pariah - I - The Pariah's Prayer

The Pariah - I - The Pariah's Prayer
I - The Pariah's PrayerDREADED Brama, lord of might!All proceed from thee alone;Thou art he who judgeth right!Dost thou none but Brahmins own?Do but Rajahs come from thee?None but those of high estate?Didst not thou the ape create,Aye, and even such as we?We are not of noble kind,For with woe our lot is rife;And what others deadly findIs our only source of life.Let this be enough for men,Let them, if they will, despise us;But thou, Brama, thou shouldst prize us,All are equal in thy ken.Now that, Lord, this prayer is said,As thy child acknowledge me;Or let one be born in-stead,Who may... Poems - Post by : henrykaye - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 2114

Trilogy Of Passion - III - Atonement Trilogy Of Passion - III - Atonement

Trilogy Of Passion - III - Atonement
III - Atonement(Composed, when 74 years old, for a Polish lady, who excelled in playing on the pianoforte.)PASSION brings reason--who can pacifyAn anguish'd heart whose loss hath been so great?Where are the hours that fled so swiftly by?In vain the fairest thou didst gain from fate;Sad is the soul, confused the enterprise;The glorious world, how on the sense it dies!In million tones entwined for evermore,Music with angel-pinions hovers there,To pierce man's being to its inmost core,Eternal beauty has its fruit to bear;The eye grows moist, in yearnings blest reveresThe godlike worth of music as of tears.And so the lighten'd heart soon... Poems - Post by : Don_G - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 1146

Trilogy Of Passion - II - Elegy Trilogy Of Passion - II - Elegy

Trilogy Of Passion - II - Elegy
II - Elegy When man had ceased to utter his lament, A god then let me tell my tale of sorrow.WHAT hope of once more meeting is there nowIn the still-closed blossoms of this day?Both heaven and hell thrown open seest thou;What wav'ring thoughts within the bosom playNo longer doubt! Descending from the sky,She lifts thee in her arms to realms on high.And thus thou into Paradise wert brought,As worthy of a pure and endless life;Nothing was left, no wish, no hope, no thought,Here was the boundary of thine inmost strife:And seeing one so fair, so glorified,The fount of... Poems - Post by : happyallday - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 2169

Trilogy Of Passion - I - To Werther Trilogy Of Passion - I - To Werther

Trilogy Of Passion - I - To Werther
I - To Werther(This poem, written at the age of seventy-five, was appended to an edition of 'Werther,' published at that time.)ONCE more, then, much-wept shadow, thou dost dare Boldly to face the day's clear light,To meet me on fresh blooming meadows fair, And dost not tremble at my sight.Those happy times appear return'd once more. When on one field we quaff'd refreshing dew,And, when the day's unwelcome toils were o'er, The farewell sunbeams bless'd our ravish'd view;Fate bade thee go,--to linger here was mine,--Going the first, the smaller loss was thine.The life of man appears a... Poems - Post by : RedSlug - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 2031

Art - I Love as a Landscape Painter Art - I Love as a Landscape Painter

Art - I Love as a Landscape Painter
I Love as a Landscape PainterON a rocky peak once sat I early,Gazing on the mist with eyes unmoving;Stretch'd out like a pall of greyish texture,All things round, and all above it cover'd.Suddenly a boy appear'd beside me,Saying "Friend, what meanest thou by gazingOn the vacant pall with such composure?Hast thou lost for evermore all pleasureBoth in painting cunningly, and forming?"On the child I gazed, and thought in secret:"Would the boy pretend to be a master?""Wouldst thou be for ever dull and idle,"Said the boy, "no wisdom thou'lt attain to;See, I'll straightway paint for thee a figure,--How to paint a beauteous... Poems - Post by : adhoc - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 1326

Art - The Wanderer Art - The Wanderer

Art - The Wanderer
The Wanderer(Published in the Gottingen Musen Almanach, having been written"to express his feelings and caprices" after his separation fromFrederica.)WANDERER.YOUNG woman, may God bless thee,Thee, and the sucking infantUpon thy breast!Let me, 'gainst this rocky wall,Neath the elm-tree's shadow,Lay aside my burden,Near thee take my rest.WOMAN.What vocation leads thee,While the day is burning,Up this dusty path?Bring'st thou goods from out the townRound the country?Smil'st thou, stranger,At my question?WANDERER.From the town no goods I bring.Cool is now the evening;Show to me the fountain'Whence thou drinkest,Woman young and kind!WOMAN.Up the rocky pathway mount;Go thou first! Across the thicketLeads the pathway tow'rd the cottageThat I... Poems - Post by : Turtle - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 2237

Art - The Drops of Nectar Art - The Drops of Nectar

Art - The Drops of Nectar
The Drops of NectarART.-----Artist, fashion! talk not long!Be a breath thine only song!-----THE DROPS OF NECTAR.WHEN Minerva, to give pleasureTo Prometheus, her well-loved one,Brought a brimming bowl of nectarFrom the glorious realms of heavenAs a blessing for his creatures,And to pour into their bosomsImpulses for arts ennobling,She with rapid footstep hasten'd,Fearing Jupiter might see her,And the golden goblet trembled,And there fell a few drops from itOn the verdant plain beneath her.Then the busy bees flew thitherStraightway, eagerly to drink them,And the butterfly came quicklyThat he, too, might find a drop there;Even the misshapen spiderThither crawl'd and suck'd with vigour.To a happy... Poems - Post by : Julie_Gardner - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 1427

God, Soul, And World - The Metamorphosis of Plants God, Soul, And World - The Metamorphosis of Plants

God, Soul, And World - The Metamorphosis of Plants
The Metamorphosis of PlantsTHOU art confused, my beloved, at, seeing the thousandfold unionShown in this flowery troop, over the garden dispers'd;any a name dost thou hear assign'd; one after anotherFalls on thy list'ning ear, with a barbarian sound.None resembleth another, yet all their forms have a likeness;Therefore, a mystical law is by the chorus proclaim'd;Yes, a sacred enigma! Oh, dearest friend, could I onlyHappily teach thee the word, which may the mystery solve!Closely observe how the plant, by little and little progressing,Step by step guided on, changeth to blossom and fruit!First from the seed it unravels itself, as soon as the... Poems - Post by : tichou - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 2590

God, Soul, And World - Procemion God, Soul, And World - Procemion

God, Soul, And World - Procemion
ProcemionIN His blest name, who was His own creation,Who from all time makes making his vocation;The name of Him who makes our faith so bright,Love, confidence, activity, and might;In that One's name, who, named though oft He be,Unknown is ever in Reality:As far as ear can reach, or eyesight dim,Thou findest but the known resembling Him;How high so'er thy fiery spirit hovers,Its simile and type it straight discoversOnward thou'rt drawn, with feelings light and gay,Where'er thou goest, smiling is the way;No more thou numbrest, reckonest no time,Each step is infinite, each step sublime.... Poems - Post by : Turboface - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 1112

God, Soul, And World - Rhymed Distichs God, Soul, And World - Rhymed Distichs

God, Soul, And World - Rhymed Distichs
Rhymed Distichs(The Distichs, of which these are given as a specimen, are aboutforty in number.)WHO trusts in God,Fears not His rod.-----THIS truth may be by all believed:Whom God deceives, is well deceived.-----HOW? when? and where?--No answer comes from high;Thou wait'st for the Because, and yet thou ask'st not Why?-----IF the whole is ever to gladden thee,That whole in the smallest thing thou must see.-----WATER its living strength first shows,When obstacles its course oppose.-----TRANSPARENT appears the radiant air,Though steel and stone in its breast it may bear;At length they'll meet with fiery power,And metal and stones on the earth will shower.------WHATE'ER a... Poems - Post by : autonet - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 2928

Antiques - Distichs Antiques - Distichs

Antiques - Distichs
DistichsCHORDS are touch'd by Apollo,--the death-laden bow, too, he bendeth;While he the shepherdess charms, Python he lays in the dust.-----WHAT is merciful censure? To make thy faults appear smaller?May be to veil them? No, no! O'er them to raise thee on high!-----DEMOCRATIC food soon cloys on the multitude's stomach;But I'll wager, ere long, other thou'lt give them instead.-----WHAT in France has pass'd by, the Germans continue to practise,For the proudest of men flatters the people and fawns.-----WHO is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, And in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.-----NOT... Poems - Post by : dontworkforever - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 1842

Antiques - The Swiss Alps Antiques - The Swiss Alps

Antiques - The Swiss Alps
The Swiss AlpsYESTERDAY brown was still thy head, as the locks of my loved one,Whose sweet image so dear silently beckons afar.Silver-grey is the early snow to-day on thy summit,Through the tempestuous night streaming fast over thy brow.Youth, alas, throughout life as closely to age is unitedAs, in some changeable dream, yesterday blends with to-day. Uri, October 7th, 1797.Content of The Swiss Alps (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's poem collection: Antiques)... Poems - Post by : Metaframer - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 2519

Antiques - The Garlands Antiques - The Garlands

Antiques - The Garlands
The GarlandsKLOPSTOCK would lead us away from Pindus; no longer for laurelMay we be eager--the homely acorn alone must content us;Yet he himself his more-than-epic crusade is conductingHigh on Golgotha's summit, that foreign gods he may honour!Yet, on what hill he prefers, let him gather the angels together,Suffer deserted disciples to weep o'er the grave of the just one:There where a hero and saint hath died a bard breath'd his numbers,Both for our life and our death an ensample of courage resplendentAnd of the loftiest human worth to bequeath,--ev'ry nationThere will joyously kneel in devotion ecstatic, reveringThorn and laurel garland,... Poems - Post by : yunzhe - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 3423

Antiques - The New Amor Antiques - The New Amor

Antiques - The New Amor
The New AmorAMOR, not the child, the youthful lover of Psyche,Look'd round Olympus one day, boldly, to triumph inured;There he espied a goddess, the fairest amongst the immortals,--Venus Urania she,--straight was his passion inflamed.Even the holy one powerless proved, alas! 'gainst his wooing,--Tightly embraced in his arm, held her the daring one fast.Then from their union arose a new, a more beauteous Amor,Who from his father his wit, grace from his mother derives.Ever thou'lt find him join'd in the kindly Muses' communion,And his charm-laden bolt foundeth the love of the arts.... Poems - Post by : sergio - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 1463

Antiques - Phoebus and Hermes Antiques - Phoebus and Hermes

Antiques - Phoebus and Hermes
Phoebus and HermesDELOS' stately ruler, and Maia's son, the adroit one,Warmly were striving, for both sought the great prize to obtain.Hermes the lyre demanded, the lyre was claim'd by Apollo,Yet were the hearts of the foes fruitlessly nourish'd by hope.For on a sudden Ares burst in, with fury decisive,Dashing in twain the gold toy, brandishing wildly his sword.Hermes, malicious one, laughed beyond measure; yet deep-seated sorrowSeized upon Phoebus's heart, seized on the heart of each Muse.... Poems - Post by : German_Girl - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 1668

Antiques - The Muse's Mirror Antiques - The Muse's Mirror

Antiques - The Muse's Mirror
The Muse's Mirror EARLY one day, the Muse, when eagerly bent on adornment,Follow'd a swift-running streamlet, the quietest nook by it seeking.Quickly and noisily flowing, the changeful surface distortedEver her moving form; the goddess departed in anger.Yet the stream call'd mockingly after her, saying: "What, truly!Wilt thou not view, then, the truth, in my mirror so clearly depicted?"But she already was far away, on the brink of the ocean,In her figure rejoicing, and duly arranging her garland.... Poems - Post by : jjemarque - Date : July 2011 - Author : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Read : 1106