by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Der Misanthrop
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
 Erst sitzt er eine Weile, 
 Die Stirn von Wolken frei;
 Auf einmal kömmt in Eile
 Sein ganz Gesicht der Eule
 Verzerrtem Ernste bei.

 Sie fragen was das sei,
 Lieb' oder Langeweile?

 Ach! sie sind's alle Zwei!

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The misanthrope", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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