The Poems of Goethe Translated in the Original Metres

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Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To Luna.

SISTER of the first-born light,

Type of sorrowing gentleness!

Quivering mists in silv’ry dress
Float around thy features bright;
When thy gentle foot is heard,

From the day-closed caverns then

Wake the mournful ghosts of men,
I, too, wake, and each night-bird.

O’er a field of boundless span

Looks thy gaze both far and wide.

Raise me upwards to thy side!
Grant this to a raving man!
And to heights of rapture raised,

Let the knight so crafty peep

At his maiden while asleep,
Through her lattice-window glazed.

Soon the bliss of this sweet view,

Pangs by distance caused allays;

And I gather all thy rays,
And my look I sharpen too.
Round her unveil’d limbs I see

Brighter still become the glow,

And she draws me down below,
As Endymion once drew thee.

1767-9.
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Chicago: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, "To Luna.," The Poems of Goethe Translated in the Original Metres, ed. Eliot, Charles W. and trans. Bowring, Edgar Alfred, 1826-1911 in The Poems of Goethe Translated in the Original Metres (New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1874), Original Sources, accessed April 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DLIR25U3Y64LIY5.

MLA: Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. "To Luna." The Poems of Goethe Translated in the Original Metres, edited by Eliot, Charles W., and translated by Bowring, Edgar Alfred, 1826-1911, in The Poems of Goethe Translated in the Original Metres, Vol. 3, New York, P. F. Collier & Son, 1874, Original Sources. 20 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DLIR25U3Y64LIY5.

Harvard: Goethe, JW, 'To Luna.' in The Poems of Goethe Translated in the Original Metres, ed. and trans. . cited in 1874, The Poems of Goethe Translated in the Original Metres, P. F. Collier & Son, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 20 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DLIR25U3Y64LIY5.