Written Many Years Ago (215 to be specific) – ‘ON THE NEW YEAR’ by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This is so very good! A gem, indeed. Enjoy. Also, be sure to check out more of Esme’s writing at sonmicloud.wordpress.com.

Esme's Cloud

This poem was composed in 1802 for a merry party that used to meet each year at Goethe’s house, so I’m posting it now, on the eve of the new year, as is right and proper. (*Raises a glass and wishes one and all of her fine friends and followers the very best with bells on for 2018 (*bemoans the lack of the promised tinfoil suits and flying cars from her youth wanting her money back forthwith*) Good luck folks, (we might need it) *blows a kiss*


FATE now allows us,

‘Twixt the departing
And the upstarting,
Happy to be;
And at the call of
Memory cherish’d,
Future and perish’d
Moments we see.

Seasons of anguish,–
Ah, they must ever
Truth from woe sever,
Love and joy part;
Days still more worthy
Soon will unite us,
Fairer songs light us,
Strength’ning the heart.

We, thus…

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Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

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