The Works of J. W. von Goethe/Volume 9/Poetry

For works with similar titles, see Poetry.


God to his untaught children sent
Law, order, knowledge, art, from high,
And every heavenly favour lent,
The world's hard lot to qualify.
They knew not how they should behave,
For all from Heaven stark-naked came;
But Poetry their garments gave,
And then not one had cause for shame.