Cheerfully she replied, with gentle movement increasingThrough the darkening path the speed at which she was walking:I in truth shall hope to satisfy both of your parents,For your mother's character my own nature resembles,And to external graces have I from my youth been accustom'd.Our old neighbours, the French, in their earlier days laid much stress onCourteous demeanour; 'twas common alike to nobles and burghers,And to peasants, and each enjoin'd it on all his acquaintance.in the same way, on the side of the Germans, the children were train'd upEvery morning, with plenty of kissing of hands and of curtsies,To salute their parents, and always to act with politeness.All that I have learnt, and all I have practised since childhood,All that comes from my heart,--I will practise it all with the old man.But on what terms shall I--I scarcely dare ask such a question,--Be with yourself, the only son, and hereafter my master?"
His hot ardour's flood
When in the garden thou walk'st,Thou then art the rose of all roses,Lily of lilies as well.
PAGE.I'll follow thee soon;When the sun burns at noonWe'll go there, o'urselves from his rays to hide,And then in some glade all-verdant and deep--
Happily teach thee the word, which may the mystery solve!Closely observe how the plant, by little and little progressing,
Would near me lie?--On the soft couch, on whose sweet shrine
1816.-----WITHIN us all a universe doth dwell;And hence each people's usage laudable,That ev'ry one the Best that meets his eyesAs God, yea e'en his God, doth recognise;To Him both earth and heaven surrenders he,Fears Him, and loves Him too, if that may be.
THE Poems composed by Goethe under this title are five innumber, of which three are here given. The other two are entirelypersonal in their allusions, and not of general interest. One ofthem is a Requiem on the Prince de Ligne, who died in 1814, andwhom Goethe calls "the happiest man of the century," and theother was composed in honour of the 70th birthday of his friendZelter the composer, when Goethe was himself more than 79 (1828).The following sweet aria introduced in the latter is, however,worth giving:--
Exchanges kiss for kiss,All through my marrow runs a thrill,
1814-----FOR woman due allowance make!