Faust

Then give me back that time of pleasures,

While yet in joyous growth I sang,--

When, like a fount, the crowding measures

Uninterrupted gushed and sprang!

Then bright mist veiled the world before me,

In opening buds a marvel woke,

As I the thousand blossoms broke,

Which every valley richly bore me!

I nothing had, and yet enough for youth--

Joy in Illusion, ardent thirst for Truth.

Give, unrestrained, the old emotion,

The bliss that touched the verge of pain,

The strength of Hate, Love's deep devotion,--

O, give me back my youth again!

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Uploaded on June 29, 2008