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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Heine’s Visit to Goethe
By Heinrich Heine (1797–1856)
 
Translation of Stern and Snodgrass

WHEN I visited him in Weimar, and stood before him, I involuntarily glanced at his side to see whether the eagle was not there with the lightning in his beak. I was nearly speaking Greek to him; but as I observed that he understood German, I stated to him in German that the plums on the road between Jena and Weimar were very good. I had for so many long winter nights thought over what lofty and profound things I would say to Goethe, if ever I saw him—and when I saw him at last, I said to him that the Saxon plums were very good! And Goethe smiled.  1
 
 
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