Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Aug. 28, 1749 - Mar. 22, 1832

 

Warning

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do not touch him -- do not wake him! Fast asleep is Amor lying;
Go -- fulfil thy work appointed -- do thy labour of the day.
Thus the wise and careful mother uses every moment flying,
Whilst her child is in the cradle -- Slumbers pass too soon away.

A.

Source:

Poems And Ballads Of Goethe
Copyright 1859
Translator:
William Edmondstoune Aytoun, D.C.L. ("A.")
and Theodore Martin ("M.")
Delisser & Procter
508 Broadway, New York
 
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