|C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the Worlds Best Literature.|
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.
|Heines Visit to Goethe|
|By Heinrich Heine (17971856)|
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 himand when I saw him at last, I said to him that the Saxon plums were very good! And Goethe smiled.|| 1|