THE LIFE AND WORKS OF GOETHE : with SKETCHES OF HIS AGE AND CONTEMPORARIES

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Page 329 - Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
Page 329 - And I will combat with weak Menelaus, And wear thy colours on my plumed crest; Yea, I will wound Achilles in the heel, And then return to Helen for a kiss.
Page 440 - Nach drüben ist die Aussicht uns verrannt; Tor, wer dorthin die Augen blinzelnd richtet, Sich über Wolken seinesgleichen dichtet! Er stehe fest und sehe hier sich um; Dem Tüchtigen ist diese Welt nicht stumm. Was braucht er in die Ewigkeit zu schweifen! Was er erkennt, läßt sich ergreifen. Er wandle so den Erdentag entlang; Wenn Geister spuken, geh er seinen Gang, Im Weiterschreiten find er Qual und Glück, Er, unbefriedigt jeden Augenblick!
Page 396 - He fought his doubts and gather'd strength, He would not make his judgment blind, He faced the spectres of the mind And laid them : thus he came at length To find a stronger faith his own...
Page 286 - Die Masse könnt Ihr nur durch Masse zwingen, Ein jeder sucht sich endlich selbst was aus. Wer vieles bringt, wird manchem etwas bringen, Und jeder geht zufrieden aus dem Haus.
Page 59 - When the centuries behind me like a fruitful land reposed ; When I clung to all the present for the promise that it closed : When I...
Page 322 - THE dews of summer night did fall, The moon (sweet Regent of the sky!) Silvered the walls of Cumnor Hall And many an oak that grew thereby.
Page 15 - Thou sharedst my sorrow when a hostile sword Tore from my side my last, my dearest son ; Long as fierce vengeance occupied my heart, I did not feel my dwelling's dreary void; But now, returning home, my rage appeased, My foes defeated and my eon avenged, I find there's nothing left to comfort me...
Page 447 - And thus our little tribute, perhaps among the purest that men could offer to man, now stands in visible shape, and begs to be received. May it be welcome, and speak permanently of a most close relation, though wide seas flow between the parties ! " We pray that many years may be added to a life so glorious, that all happiness may be yours, and strength given to accomplish your high task, even as it has hitherto proceeded, like a star, without haste yet without rest. " We remain, Sir, your friends...
Page 187 - Denn er war unser! Mag das stolze Wort Den lauten Schmerz gewaltig übertönen! Er mochte sich bei uns, im sichern Port, Nach wildem Sturm zum Dauernden gewöhnen. Indessen schritt sein Geist gewaltig fort Ins Ewige des Wahren, Guten, Schönen, Und hinter ihm in wesenlosem Scheine Lag, was uns alle bändigt, das Gemeine. Nun schmückt...

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