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    On the Lake

    by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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    [Written on the occasion of Goethe's starting with his friend
    Passavant on a Swiss Tour.]

    I DRINK fresh nourishment, new blood

    From out this world more free;
    The Nature is so kind and good

    That to her breast clasps me!
    The billows toss our bark on high,

    And with our oars keep time,
    While cloudy mountains tow'rd the sky

    Before our progress climb.

    Say, mine eye, why sink'st thou down?
    Golden visions, are ye flown?

    Hence, thou dream, tho' golden-twin'd;

    Here, too, love and life I find.

    Over the waters are blinking

    Many a thousand fair star;
    Gentle mists are drinking

    Round the horizon afar.
    Round the shady creek lightly

    Morning zephyrs awake,
    And the ripen'd fruit brightly

    Mirrors itself in the lake.

    1775.
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