Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Happiness And Vision - Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

TOGETHER at the altar we
In vision oft were seen by thee,

Thyself as bride, as bridegroom I.
Oft from thy mouth full many a kiss
In an unguarded hour of bliss

I then would steal, while none were by.

The purest rapture we then knew,
The joy those happy hours gave too,

When tasted, fled, as time fleets on.
What now avails my joy to me?
Like dreams the warmest kisses flee,

Like kisses, soon all joys are gone.


Comments about Happiness And Vision by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Khairul Ahsan (8/14/2018 10:20:00 PM)


    Like kisses, soon all joys are gone! - joys fleet away, and come back again in some other form. No worries! (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/14/2018 6:19:00 AM)


    The purest rapture!

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/14/2018 5:26:00 AM)


    LAST PART: Privy Councilor of the duchy of Saxe-Weimar. How pretty job must that be. I congratulate also to the great family of JW Goethe in Germany and around the world. He was a true genius! A myriad of 10´s for this Classic Poem Of The Day! May your soul R.O.P. Johann! (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (8/14/2018 5:22:00 AM)


    WOW! THE famous and well known german poet JW von Goethe. First my heartiest congratulations as Classic Poem of The Day, last year too, same date same month, fantastic choice PH and Team! The author of the scientific text Theory of Colours, his influential ideas on plant and animal morphology and homology were extended and developed by 19th century naturalists including Charles Darwin. He also served at length as the (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (8/14/2018 4:49:00 AM)


    Passage of time whittles what bliss was had sometimes. (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (8/14/2018 3:53:00 AM)


    So well portrayed the fleeting nature of joy and love (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/14/2018 3:15:00 AM)


    The purest rapture.......(slowly) are gone (Report) Reply

  • (8/14/2017 11:26:00 PM)


    Like dreams the warmest kisses flee
    wonderful conceptualization. Great poem.
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  • Rajnish Manga (8/14/2017 11:19:00 PM)


    Fancying and indulging in all joys of a wonderful conjugal life is a lifelong celebration. How can all that evaporate in a trice. Thought provoking. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (8/14/2017 3:55:00 PM)


    We pay for our embraces that is for sure. (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O Brian (8/14/2017 10:21:00 AM)


    The journey of life entails many different phases. What brings us great joy at one point becomes quite ordinary later. But even as the ''troubles of the day are sufficient thereof, '' so, too, are the joys. A poignant reminder that generates a bitter-sweet nostalgia. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (8/14/2017 9:10:00 AM)


    Love, life and philosophy all intertwined so well in passionate and poetic expressions. (Report) Reply

  • Liza Sudina (8/14/2017 5:40:00 AM)


    Philosophical, clear, wise as always by Goethe, a great genius seen in a few lines also! (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/14/2017 3:37:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem. Nicely penned. Easy to catch. Thanks and congratulations to his soul for the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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