Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Night Thoughts - Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

OH, unhappy stars! your fate I mourn,

Ye by whom the sea-toss'd sailor's lighted,
Who with radiant beams the heav'ns adorn,

But by gods and men are unrequited:
For ye love not,--ne'er have learnt to love!
Ceaselessly in endless dance ye move,
In the spacious sky your charms displaying,

What far travels ye have hasten'd through,
Since, within my loved one's arms delaying,

I've forgotten you and midnight too!


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  • (3/13/2016 10:44:00 AM)


    Amazing imagery of the poet is at work in this beautifully penned poem in which he mourns the fate of unhappy starts but subsequently forgets about them and the midnight too. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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