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    Welcome and Farewell

    by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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    [Another of the love-songs addressed to Frederica.]

    QUICK throbb'd my heart: to norse! haste, haste,

    And lo! 'twas done with speed of light;
    The evening soon the world embraced,

    And o'er the mountains hung the night.
    Soon stood, in robe of mist, the oak,

    A tow'ring giant in his size,
    Where darkness through the thicket broke,

    And glared with hundred gloomy eyes.

    From out a hill of clouds the moon

    With mournful gaze began to peer:
    The winds their soft wings flutter'd soon,

    And murmur'd in mine awe-struck ear;
    The night a thousand monsters made,

    Yet fresh and joyous was my mind;
    What fire within my veins then play'd!

    What glow was in my bosom shrin'd!

    I saw thee, and with tender pride

    Felt thy sweet gaze pour joy on me;
    While all my heart was at thy side.

    And every breath I breath'd for thee.
    The roseate hues that spring supplies

    Were playing round thy features fair,
    And love for me--ye Deities!

    I hoped it, I deserved it ne'er!

    But, when the morning sun return'd,

    Departure filled with grief my heart:
    Within thy kiss, what rapture burn'd!

    But in thy look, what bitter smart!
    I went--thy gaze to earth first roved

    Thou follow'dst me with tearful eye:
    And yet, what rapture to be loved!

    And, Gods, to love--what ecstasy!

    1771.
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