Give of his title proof,Save by his happy tendency
Neither lamb nor steer,But the altars reek with human gore."
As already mentioned, the latter contained the whole of thePoems of Schiller. It is impossible, in anything like the samecompass, to give all the writings of Goethe comprised under thegeneral title of Gedichte, or poems. They contain between 30,000and 40,000 verses, exclusive of his plays. and similar works.Very many of these would be absolutely without interest to theEnglish reader,--such as those having only a local application,those addressed to individuals, and so on. Others again, fromtheir extreme length, could only be published in separatevolumes. But the impossibility of giving all need form noobstacle to giving as much as possible; and it so happens thatthe real interest of Goethe's Poems centres in those classes ofthem which are not too diffuse to run any risk when translated ofoffending the reader by their too great number. Those by far themore generally admired are the Songs and Ballads, which are about150 in number, and the whole of which are contained in thisvolume (with the exception of one or two of the former, whichhave been, on consideration, left out by me owing to theirtrifling and uninteresting nature). The same may be said of theOdes, Sonnets, Miscellaneous Poems, &c.
CHORUS OF YOUTHS.
My dearest friend I'd deem him.
And the flax's stonelike weight
CHORUS OF WOMEN.
1775.-----TRILOGY OF PASSION.
Thyself alone the bribe must be.
Who all woes and sorrows stillest,Who, for twofold misery,
Is that he sought a pair of eyes,Which, at the mill, as brightly glow'd
Yet the dawning of light I now view.
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