The Poems of Goethe Translated in the Original Metres

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Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Epochs.

ON Petrarch’s heart, all other days before,

In flaming letters written, was impress d

GOOD FRIDAY. And on mine, be it confess’d,
Is this year’s ADVENT, as it passeth o’er.

I do not now begin,—I still adore

Her whom I early cherish’d in my breast;,

Then once again with prudence dispossess’d,
And to whose heart I’m driven back once more.

The love of Petrarch, that all-glorious love,

Was unrequited, and, alas, full sad;

One long Good Friday ’twas, one heartache drear

But may my mistress’ Advent ever prove,

With its palm-jubilee, so sweet and glad,

One endless Mayday, through the livelong year!

1807.
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Chicago: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, "The Epochs.," 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 January 26, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=942DEI2RV6GUKM1.

MLA: Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. "The Epochs." 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. 26 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=942DEI2RV6GUKM1.

Harvard: Goethe, JW, 'The Epochs.' 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 26 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=942DEI2RV6GUKM1.