Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832 / Frankfurt am Main)

Answers In A Game Of Questions


THE LADY.

IN the small and great world too,

What most charms a woman's heart?
It is doubtless what is new,

For its blossoms joy impart;
Nobler far is what is true,

For fresh blossoms it can shoot

Even in the time of fruit.

THE YOUNG GENTLEMAN.

With the Nymphs in wood and cave

Paris was acquainted well,
Till Zeus sent, to make him rave,

Three of those in Heav'n who dwell;
And the choice more trouble gave

Than e'er fell to mortal lot,

Whether in old times or not.

THE EXPERIENCED.

Tenderly a woman view,

And thoult win her, take my word;
He who's quick and saucy too,

Will of all men be preferr'd;
Who ne'er seems as if he knew

If he pleases, if he charms,--

He 'tis injures, he 'tis harms.

THE CONTENTED.

Manifold is human strife,

Human passion, human pain;
Many a blessing yet is rife,

Many pleasures still remain.
Yet the greatest bliss in life,

And the richest prize we find,

Is a good, contented mind.

THE MERRY COUNSEL.

He by whom man's foolish will

Is each day review'd and blamed,
Who, when others fools are still,

Is himself a fool proclaim'd,--
Ne'er at mill was beast's back press'd

With a heavier load than he.
What I feel within my breast

That in truth's the thing for me!

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Form:


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: paris, woman, passion, truth, joy, pain, world, women

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Answers In A Game Of Questions by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. If, Rudyard Kipling
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  7. 'Hope' is the thing with feathers, Emily Dickinson
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet Christopher Marlowe

It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate.
When two are stripped, long ere the course begin,
We wish that one should love, the other win;

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. (BOOK # 6) : Sheila And Clifford: BACK I.., Bri Edwards
  2. Optimism ahead, gajanan mishra
  3. Promod Ch Brahma, Ronjoy Brahma
  4. Tears, Luo Zhihai
  5. Jen & Ben, Steve Kittell
  6. A Final Prayer, Katherine Perry
  7. Root and fruit, gajanan mishra
  8. Death, Sydney Bramer
  9. Moving on, Sydney Bramer
  10. Forever Missed, Sydney Bramer
[Hata Bildir]