Poems: Original and Translated

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Dec 31, 1863
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
How happy I am that I am gone! My dear friend, what a thing is the heart of man! To leave you, from whom I have been inseparable, whom I love so dearly, and yet to feel happy! I know you will forgive me. Have not other attachments been specially appointed by fate to torment a head like mine? Poor Leonora! and yet I was not to blame. Was it my fault, that, whilst the peculiar charms of her sister afforded me an agreeable entertainment, a passion for me was engendered in her feeble heart? And yet am I wholly blameless? Did I not encourage her emotions? Did I not feel charmed at those truly genuine expressions of nature, which, though but little mirthful in reality, so often amused us? Did I not?but oh! what is man, that he dares so to accuse himself? My dear friend I promise you I will improve; I will no longer, as has ever been my habit, continue to ruminate on every petty vexation which fortune may dispense; I will enjoy the present, and the past shall be for me the past. No doubt you are right, my best of friends, there would be far less suffering amongst mankind, if men?and God knows why they are so fashioned?did not employ their imaginations so assiduously in recalling the memory of past sorrow, instead of bearing their present lot with equanimity. Be kind enough to inform my mother that I shall attend to her business to the best of my ability, and shall give her the earliest information about it. I have seen my aunt, and find that she is very far from being the disagreeable person our friends allege her to be. She is a lively, cheerful woman, with the best of hearts. I explained to her my mother's wrongs with regard to that part of her portion which has been withheld from her. She told me the motives and reasons of her own conduct, and the terms on which she is willing to give up the whole, and to do more than we have asked. In short, I cannot write further upon this subject at present; only assure my mother that all will go on well. And I have again observed, my dear friend, in this trifling affair, that misunderstandings and neglect occasion more mischief in the world than even malice and wickedness. At all events, the two latter are of less frequent occurrence.
In other respects I am very well off here. Solitude in this terrestrial paradise is a genial balm to my mind, and the young spring cheers with its bounteous promises my oftentimes misgiving heart. Every tree, every bush, is full of flowers; and one might wish himself transformed into a butterfly, to float about in this ocean of perfume, and find his whole existence in it.
The town itself is disagreeable; but then, all around, you find an inexpressible beauty of nature. This induced the late Count M to lay out a garden on one of the sloping hills which here intersect each other with the most charming variety, and form the most lovely valleys. The garden is simple; and it is easy to perceive, even upon your first entrance, that the plan was not designed by a scientific gardener, but by a man who wished to give himself up here to the enjoyment of his own sensitive heart. Many a tear have I already shed to the memory of its departed master in a summer-house which is now reduced to ruins, but was his favourite resort, and now is mine. I shall soon be master of the place. The gardener has become attached to me within the last few days, and he will lose nothing thereby.
Book 15
Germany’s most celebrated writer deserves a place in the digital library of all lovers of classical literature. This eBook presents the most comprehensive collection of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s works available, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version: 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Goethe’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels, plays and other works
* ALL the novels and 12 plays, including rare plays appearing for the first time in digital print
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Features Abraham Hayward’s 30 beautiful illustrations for FAUST
* Includes the rare and often missed-out-of-collections Part Two of FAUST
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Non-fiction works, including the famous THEORY OF COLOUR
* Special criticism section, with essays by writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Sir Walter Scott, as evaluating Goethe’s contribution to literature
* Features an autobiography and a bonus biography – discover Goethe’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

CONTENTS:

The Novels
THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER
WILHELM MEISTER’S APPRENTICESHIP
ELECTIVE AFFINITIES
WILHELM MEISTER’S JOURNEYMAN YEARS

The Short Stories
A TALE
THE GOOD WOMEN

The Plays
THE WAYWARD LOVER
THE FELLOW CULPRITS
GOETZ VON BERLICHINGEN
CLAVIGO
EGMONT
THE BROTHER AND SISTER
STELLA
IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS
TORQUATO TASSO
FAUST: PART ONE
THE NATURAL DAUGHTER
FAUST: PART TWO

The Poetry
THE POEMS OF GOETHE
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Non-Fiction
THEORY OF COLOURS
MAXIMS AND REFLECTIONS

The Criticism
GOETHE – THE WRITER by Ralph Waldo Emerson
GOETHE by C. E. Vaughan
GOETHE by John Cowper Powys
GOETHE’S FAUST by George Santayana
SHAKESPEARE AND GOETHE by David Masson
GOETHE’S THEORY OF COLORS by John Tyndall
EXTRACTS OF CORRESPONDENCE by Sir Walter Scott

The Autobiography
TRUTH AND FICTION RELATING TO MY LIFE

The Biography
THE LIFE OF GOETHE by Calvin Thomas

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