|The Rhyme Maker
Wolfgang von Goethe
and Poets Praising Wine
minstrel is summoned with his harp to play for the king, to sing his
songs, to make his rhymes . . . the king is impressed! The king
offers to award “the harper” with valuable gifts – but our poet
opts for what he sees as an even more valuable prize!
- S. H. Bass
And Done (Bowring)
Of The World's Best Literature: Free E- Book from Project Gutenberg
Ancient and Modern | Vol 16 (1896)
Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet
by Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
notes are those without the wall,
the portal sounding?
have the music in our hall,
from its roof rebounding."
spoke the king: the henchman flies;
answer heard, the monarch cries,
in that ancient minstrel."
gracious king, each noble knight!
lovely dame, I greet you!
glittering stars salute my sight!
heart unmoved may meet you!
lordly pomp is not for me, Far other scenes my eyes must see:
deign to list my harping."
singer turns him to his art,
thrilling strain he raises;
warrior hears with glowing heart
on his loved one gazes.
king, who liked his playing well,
for such a kindly spell,
golden chain be given him.
golden chain give not to me:
boldest knight may wear it,
'cross the battle's purple sea
lion breast may bear it;
let it be thy chancellor's prize,
his heaps to feast his eyes,—
yellow glance will please him.
sing but as the linnet sings,
on the green bough dwelleth;
rich reward his music brings,
from his throat it swelleth:
might I ask, I'd ask of thine
sparkling draught of purest wine
drink it here before you."
viewed the wine, he quaffed it up:
draught of sweetest savor!
happy house, where such a cup
thought a little favor!
well you fare, remember me,
thank kind Heaven, from envy free,
now for this I thank you."
Of The World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern,
Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900), Editor, Connoissuer Edition Vol.