June 29, 2020

The soul of mankind

Is like water:

From Heaven coming,

To Heaven rising,

Again descending –

As it must – Earthward,

Ever circling.

It streams from high on

The steep rock wall,

A clear, pure stream;

Then lovingly dusts

In swelling cloud-waves

Against smooth rock;

And striking lightl...

February 20, 2020

How brightly nature

Shines this morning!

See the glowing sun!

Hear the fields sing!

Fragrant buds burst forth
From each green frond!
A thousand bushes
Resound with song!

And joy and wonder
Streams from each breast.
Oh Earth! Oh bright Sun!
My heart won't rest!

Loveliest of l...

August 30, 2019

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

"Marie and I were sitting in the dining-room when the bell rang, and we heard Brahms go to our mother's room. Soon afterwards, deeply stirring and solemn music reached our ears. We listened. Brahms went away, and our mother came to us in a state of...

July 15, 2019

So cover up thy heaven, Zeus,
With cloudy mist!
And like a boy, who chops
The heads from thistles,
Go blast the oaks and mountaintops!
Yet thou must permit me
To keep my world,
And my rude dwelling,
That thou didst not build,
And my warm hearth,
Whose cheerful glow

Only he who truly longs
Knows what grips me!
Alone, the love that belongs
With me has been set free.
I look to the cloudy throngs
Across the deep blue sea:

But ah! the sweet one who yearns
Remains far from me.
It dizzies me and burns
My innards daily.
Only he who trul...

March 22, 2019

The great poet Johann Wolfgang (von) Goethe died on this day in 1832.

Der Erlkönig (The Elf King)

Who goes there riding through the night and fog?—

A father and son come journeying along;

He holds him tight as he rides through the storm

He grips him safely, he keeps him wa...

January 7, 2019


There once descended a youth from Athens

Unto a sleepy Corinthian town;

Eager to meet his new family, friends

And bride in waiting of great renown.

They had recently

Both been dearly

Paired, soon by the heavens to be bound.


But will this warm and graceful...

November 26, 2018

The Quiet Sea

Deep silence rules the paling waters -

The pristine seas are soundless.

Meanwhile a boatman looks on and shivers

As he beholds the tranquil surface.

No howling gale, no whispering breeze –

The silence is terrible.

In the distance, in every direction

There appears...

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