Johann Wolfgang Goethe


May song




How fair doth Nature

Appear again!

How bright the sunbeams!

How smiles the plain!


The flow’rs are bursting

From ev’ry bough,

And thousand voices

Each bush yields now.


And joy and gladness

Fill ev’ry breast!

Oh earth!–oh sunlight!

Oh rapture blest!



Oh love! oh loved one!

As golden bright,

As clouds of morning

On yonder height!



Thou blessest gladly

The smiling field,

The world in fragrant

Vapour conceal’d.



Oh maiden, maiden,

How love I thee!

Thine eye, how gleams it!

How lov’st thou me!



The blithe lark loveth

Sweet song and air,

The morning flow’ret

Heav’n’s incense fair,



As I now love thee

With fond desire,

For thou dost give me

Youth, joy, and fire,

For new-born dances

and minstrelsy.


Be ever happy,

As thou lov’st me!



Johann Wolfgang Goethe – May Song





Johann Wolfgang Goethe



Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works include four novels; epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; and treatises on botany, anatomy, and color. In addition, there are numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him extant. (from: Wikipedia)




Johann Wolfgang Goethe




1771: “Heidenröslein” (“Heath Rosebud”), poem
1773: “Prometheus”, poem
1773: Götz von Berlichingen, drama
1774: Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (The Sorrows of Young Werther), novel
1774: “Der König in Thule”, poem
1775: Stella, tragedy in five acts
1782: “Der Erlkönig” (“The Alder King”), poem
1787: Iphigenie auf Tauris (Iphigenia in Tauris), drama
1788: Egmont, drama
1790: Versuch die Metamorphose der Pflanzen zu erklären (The Metamorphosis of Plants), scientific text
1790: Torquato Tasso, drama
1790: Römische Elegien (Roman Elegies), poetry collection
1793: Die Belagerung von Mainz, (The Siege of Mainz), non-fiction
1794: Reineke Fuchs, fable
1795: Das Märchen (The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily), fairy-tale
1794–95: Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten, novella, which also includes the fairy tale Das Märchen
1795–96 (in collaboration with Friedrich Schiller): Die Xenien (The Xenia), collection of epigrams
1796: Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship), novel
1797: “Der Zauberlehrling” (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), poem (which was later the basis of a symphonic poem by Paul Dukas, which in turn was animated by Disney in Fantasia)
1797: “Die Braut von Korinth”[1] (“The Bride of Corinth”), poem
1798: Hermann und Dorothea (Hermann and Dorothea), epic poem
1798: Die Weissagungen des Bakis (The Soothsayings of Bakis)
1798/01: Propyläen, periodical
1799: ” The First Walpurgis Night”, poem
1803: Die Natürliche Tochter (The Natural Daughter), play originally intended as the first part of a trilogy on the French revolution
1805: “Winckelmann und sein Jahrhundert” (“Winckelmann and His Century”)
1808: Faust Part One, closet drama
1809: Die Wahlverwandtschaften (Elective Affinities), novel
1810: Zur Farbenlehre (Theory of Colours), scientific text
1811–1830: Aus Meinem Leben: Dichtung und Wahrheit (From my Life: Poetry and Truth) autobiographical work in 4 volumes
1813: “Gefunden” (“Found”), a poem
1817: Italienische Reise (Italian Journey), journals
1819: Westöstlicher Diwan, variously translated as The West-Eastern Divan, The Parliament of East and West, or otherwise; collection of poems in imitation of Sufi and other Muslim poetry, including that of Hafez.
1821: Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre, oder Die Entsagenden (Wilhelm Meister’s Journeyman Years, or the Renunciants/Wilhelm Meister’s Travels), novel
1823: “Marienbad Elegy”, poem
1828: Novella, novella
1832: Faust Part Two, closet drama
1836: Gespräche mit Goethe (Conversations with Goethe) also translated as: Conversations with Eckermann

(from: Wikipedia)


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