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The Works of J. W. von Goethe/Volume 9/Paulo Post Futuri

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PAULO POST FUTURI.

Weep ye not, ye children dear,
That as yet ye are unborn:
For each sorrow and each tear
Makes the father's heart to mourn.

Patient be a short time to it,
Unproduced, and known to none;
If your father cannot do it,
By your mother 'twill be done.


He who with life makes sport,
Can prosper never;
Who rules himself in nought,
Is a slave ever.