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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
From ‘The Wanderer’s Storm Song’
By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
 
Translation of Charles Harvey Genung

      WHOM thou desertest not, O Genius,
        Neither blinding rain nor storm
        Breathes upon his heart a chill.
      Whom thou desertest not, O Genius,
          To the lowering clouds,        5
          To the beating hail,
          He will sing cheerly,
          As the lark there,
          Thou that soarest.
 
      Whom thou desertest not, O Genius,        10
      Him thou’lt lift o’er miry places
          On thy flaming pinions:
          He will traverse
          As on feet of flowers
        Slime of Deucalion’s deluge;        15
        Slaying Python, strong, great,
          Pythius Apollo!
 
      Whom thou desertest not, O Genius,
Thou wilt spread thy downy wings beneath him,
          When he sleeps upon the crags;        20
Thou wilt cover him with guardian pinions
          In the midnight forest depths.
 
      Whom thou desertest not, O Genius,
      Thou wilt in whirling snow-storm
          Warmly wrap him round;        25
          To the warmth fly the Muses,
          To the warmth fly the Graces.
 
          Around me float, ye Muses,
            And float, ye Graces!
          This is water, this is earth        30
        And the son of water and of earth,
              Over whom I wander
                  Like the gods.
 
        You are pure like the heart of water,
        You are pure like the core of earth;        35
        You float around me, and I float
              Over water, over earth,
                  Like the gods.
 
 
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