The Works of J. W. von Goethe/Volume 9/Blindman's Buff

The German title is Blinde Kuh, literally "Blind Cow". This is the German name for the game known in English as Blind Man's Buff, a version of tag in which the person who is "it" is blindfolded while chasing the other players.


Oh, my Theresa dear!
Thine eyes I greatly fear
Can through the bandage see!
Although thine eyes are bound,
By thee I'm quickly found,
And wherefore shouldst thou catch but me.

Ere long thou held'st me fast,
With arms around me cast,
Upon thy breast I fell;
Scarce was thy bandage gone,
When all my joy was flown,
Thou coldly didst the blind repel.

He groped on every side,
His limbs he sorely tried,
While scoffs arose all round;
If thou no love wilt give,
In sadness I shall live,
As if mine eyes remained still bound.