|The Rhyme Maker
Wolfgang von Goethe
The Harper's Songs (Carlyle)
Poems of Goethe
from Project Gutenberg
Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet
by Edgar Alfred Bowring (1825-1911), British writer
have loved; for the first time with passion I rave!
then was the servant, but now am the slave;
then was the servant of all:
this creature so charming I now am fast bound,
love and love's guerdon she turns all around,
her my sole mistress I call.
had faith; for the first time my faith is now strong!
though matters go strangely, though matters go wrong,
the ranks of the faithful I'm true:
ofttimes 'twas dark and though ofttimes 'twas drear,
the pressure of need, and when danger was near,
the dawning of light I now view.
have eaten; but ne'er have thus relish'd my food!
when glad are the senses, and joyous the blood,
table all else is effaced
for youth, it but swallows, then whistles an air;
for me, to a jovial resort I'd repair,
to eat, and enjoy what I taste.
have drunk; but have never thus relish'd the bowl!
wine makes us lords, and enlivens the soul,
loosens the trembling slave's tongue.
not seek to spare then the heart-stirring drink,
though in the barrel the old wine may sink,
its place will fast mellow the young.
have danced, and to dancing am pledged by a vow!
no caper or waltz may be raved about now,
a dance that's becoming, whirl round.
he who a nosegay of flowers has dress'd,
cares not for one any more than the rest,
a garland of mirth is aye crown'd.
once more be merry, and banish all woes!
he who but gathers the blossoming rose.
its thorns will be tickled alone.
still, as yesterday, glimmers the star;
care from all heads that hang down to keep far,
make but the future thine own.
Poems of Goethe