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    Christel

    by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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    My senses ofttimes are oppress'd,

    Oft stagnant is my blood;
    But when by Christel's sight I'm blest,

    I feel my strength renew'd.
    I see her here, I see her there,

    And really cannot tell
    The manner how, the when, the where,

    The why I love her well.

    If with the merest glance I view

    Her black and roguish eyes,
    And gaze on her black eyebrows too,

    My spirit upward flies.
    Has any one a mouth so sweet,

    Such love-round cheeks as she?
    Ah, when the eye her beauties meet,

    It ne'er content can be.

    And when in airy German dance

    I clasp her form divine,
    So quick we whirl, so quick advance,

    What rapture then like mine!
    And when she's giddy, and feels warm,

    I cradle her, poor thing,
    Upon my breast, and in mine arm,--

    I'm then a very king!

    And when she looks with love on me,

    Forgetting all but this,
    When press'd against my bosom, she

    Exchanges kiss for kiss,
    All through my marrow runs a thrill,

    Runs e'en my foot along!
    I feel so well, I feel so ill,

    I feel so weak, so strong!

    Would that such moments ne'er would end!

    The day ne'er long I find;
    Could I the night too with her spend,

    E'en that I should not mind.
    If she were in mine arms but held,

    To quench love's thirst I'd try;
    And could my torments not be quell'd,

    Upon her breast would die.

    1776.
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