Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832 / Frankfurt am Main)

Farewell - Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To break one's word is pleasure-fraught,

To do one's duty gives a smart;
While man, alas! will promise nought,

That is repugnant to his heart.

Using some magic strains of yore,

Thou lurest him, when scarcely calm,
On to sweet folly's fragile bark once more,

Renewing, doubling chance of harm.

Why seek to hide thyself from me?

Fly not my sight--be open then!
Known late or early it must be,

And here thou hast thy word again.

My duty is fulfill'd to-day,

No longer will I guard thee from surprise;
But, oh, forgive the friend who from thee turns away,

And to himself for refuge flies!

Comments about Farewell by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Susan Williams (8/28/2016 6:11:00 PM)

    Just a wee bit bitter here! I'd love to know the story behind the curtain.... (Report) Reply

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  • Barry Middleton (8/28/2016 12:00:00 PM)

    Ain't that the way it goes! (Report) Reply

  • (8/28/2016 9:24:00 AM)

    Renewing, doubling chance of harm! nice write. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/28/2016 12:49:00 AM)

    'To himself for refuge flies'! ! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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