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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Mignon’s Song
By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
 
From ‘Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship’: Translation of Thomas Carlyle

SUCH let me seem, till such I be;
  Take not my snow-white dress away!
Soon from this dusk of earth I flee,
  Up to the glittering lands of day.
 
There first a little space I rest,        5
  Then wake so glad, to scenes so kind;
In earthly robes no longer drest,
  This band, this girdle left behind.
 
And those calm shining sons of morn,
  They ask not who is maid or boy;        10
No robes, no garments there are worn,
  Our body pure from sin’s alloy.
 
Through little life not much I toiled,
  Yet anguish long this heart has wrung,
Untimely woe my blossoms spoiled:        15
  Make me again forever young!
 
 
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