poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Night Thoughts

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!

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (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.

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