The Poems of Goethe Translated in the Original Metres

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Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Coy One.

ONE Spring-morning bright and fair,

Roam’d a shepherdess and sang;
Young and beauteous, free from care,

Through the fields her clear notes rang:
So, Ia, Ia! le ralla, &c.

Of his lambs some two or three

Thyrsis offer’d for a kiss;
First she eyed him roguishly,

Then for answer sang but this:
So, Ia, Ia! le ralla, &c.

Ribbons did the next one offer,

And the third, his heart so true
But, as with the lambs, the scoffer

Laugh’d at heart and ribbons too,—
Still ’twas Ia! le ralla, &c.

1791.
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Chicago: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, "The Coy One.," 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 August 7, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3UTYFKL7GRRKFBX.

MLA: Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. "The Coy One." 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. 7 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3UTYFKL7GRRKFBX.

Harvard: Goethe, JW, 'The Coy One.' 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 7 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3UTYFKL7GRRKFBX.