I know the good that lives and glows in thee!"--Thus spake she, and methinks I hear her still--
THE Poems composed by Goethe under this title are five innumber, of which three are here given. The other two are entirelypersonal in their allusions, and not of general interest. One ofthem is a Requiem on the Prince de Ligne, who died in 1814, andwhom Goethe calls "the happiest man of the century," and theother was composed in honour of the 70th birthday of his friendZelter the composer, when Goethe was himself more than 79 (1828).The following sweet aria introduced in the latter is, however,worth giving:--
The pearl now glistens in our monarch's crown,With gentle gleam and loving look.
His smouldering anger takes fire:"Thou pitiful race! Oh, thou beggarly crew!
To make them both smart.
In his soft arms, strength, protection, dwells
That we by night
While dazzled by the new-born light.