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The Works of J. W. von Goethe/Volume 9/November Song


To the great archer—not to him
To meet whom flies the sun,
And who is wont his features dim
With clouds to overrun—
But to the boy be vowed these rhymes,
"Who 'mongst the roses plays,
Who hears us, and at proper times
To pierce fair hearts essays.

Through him the gloomy winter night,
Of yore so cold and drear,
Brings many a loved friend to our sight,
And many a woman dear.

Henceforward shall his image fair
Stand in yon starry skies,
And, ever mild and gracious there,
Alternate set and rise.