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    To Mignon

    by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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    OVER vale and torrent far
    Rolls along the sun's bright car.
    Ah! he wakens in his course

    Mine, as thy deep-seated smart

    In the heart.
    Ev'ry morning with new force.

    Scarce avails night aught to me;
    E'en the visions that I see
    Come but in a mournful guise;

    And I feel this silent smart

    In my heart
    With creative pow'r arise.

    During many a beauteous year
    I have seen ships 'neath me steer,
    As they seek the shelt'ring bay;

    But, alas, each lasting smart

    In my heart
    Floats not with the stream away.

    I must wear a gala dress,
    Long stored up within my press,
    For to-day to feasts is given;

    None know with what bitter smart

    Is my heart
    Fearfully and madly riven.

    Secretly I weep each tear,
    Yet can cheerful e'en appear,
    With a face of healthy red;

    For if deadly were this silent smart

    In my heart,
    Ah, I then had long been dead!
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