(28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832 / Frankfurt am Main)

Happiness And Vision

TOGETHER at the altar we
In vision oft were seen by thee,

Thyself as bride, as bridegroom I.
Oft from thy mouth full many a kiss
In an unguarded hour of bliss

I then would steal, while none were by.

The purest rapture we then knew,
The joy those happy hours gave too,

When tasted, fled, as time fleets on.
What now avails my joy to me?
Like dreams the warmest kisses flee,

Like kisses, soon all joys are gone.

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Like kisses, soon all joys are gone! - joys fleet away, and come back again in some other form. No worries!
The purest rapture! Thanks for sharing.
LAST PART: Privy Councilor of the duchy of Saxe-Weimar. How pretty job must that be. I congratulate also to the great family of JW Goethe in Germany and around the world. He was a true genius! A myriad of 10´s for this Classic Poem Of The Day! May your soul R.O.P. Johann!
WOW! THE famous and well known german poet JW von Goethe. First my heartiest congratulations as Classic Poem of The Day, last year too, same date same month, fantastic choice PH and Team! The author of the scientific text Theory of Colours, his influential ideas on plant and animal morphology and homology were extended and developed by 19th century naturalists including Charles Darwin. He also served at length as the
So well portrayed the fleeting nature of joy and love
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