While love's youthful might pervades his frame:"Thou might'st hope, when with me, to grow warm,
Tears that unhappy love sheddeth!
As at the door, on meeting lingerd she,
Wide is the prospect here,
1789.*-----BY THE RIVER.
Be thou still I pray,
Onward, thou powerful keel, cleaving the waves as they foam!Bring me unto the foreign harbour, so that the goldsmith
THESE are the most singular of all the Poems of Goethe, and tomany will appear so wild and fantastic, as to leave anything buta pleasing impression. Those at the beginning, addressed to hisfriend Behrisch, were written at the age of eighteen, and most ofthe remainder were composed while he was still quite young.Despite, however, the extravagance of some of them, such as theWinter Journey over the Hartz Mountains, and the Wanderer'sStorm-Song, nothing can be finer than the noble one entitledMahomet's Song, and others, such as the Spirit Song' over theWaters, The God-like, and, above all, the magnificent sketch ofPrometheus, which forms part of an unfinished piece bearing thesame name, and called by Goethe a 'Dramatic Fragment.'
But on my asking for the bride,A fellow with a stare, replied:"'Tis not the place that point to raise!
For business or for pleasure,Yet yelpings on our steps attend,
1825.-----CALM AT SEA.
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