Totentanz Dance of Death Johann Wolfgang von Goethe English by Edgar Alfred Bowring Der Türmer, der schaut zu Mitten der Nacht The warder looks down at the mid hour of night, Hinab auf die Gräber in Lage; On the tombs that lie scatter’d below: Der Mond, der hat alles ins Helle gebracht; The moon fills […]

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JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE was born at Frankfort-on-Main in 1749. His early education was received at home, first under his father, and then with tutors, though the influence of his mother was strongly marked. In his Dichtung und Wahrheit Goethe tells of his early interest in puppet-plays and theaters, and in the French company of […]

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Goethe was a prolific writer, and he created some classics of German literature. Everyone knows Faust. There are many other lively and interesting texts, and it is a pleasure to re-read them from time to time. His house in Weimar is now a national museum and attracts thousands of visitors every year. You can see […]

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