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


What time Diogenes, unmoved and still,
Lay in his tub, and basked him in the sun—
What time Calanus clomb, with lightsome step
And smiling cheek, up to his fiery tomb—
What rare examples there for Philip's son
To curb his overmastering lust of sway,
But that the Lord of the majestic world
Was all too great for lessons even like these!