And hold him there!
Thyrsis offer'd for a kiss;First she eyed him roguishly,
[Goethe relates that a remarkable situation he was in one brightmoonlight night led to the composition of this sweet song, whichwas "the dearer to him because he could not say whence it cameand whither it would."]
Scarce by the zephyr
Sweet one, without thee, what then were the dance?If thou my sweetheart wert not, I would dance not.
Now on her sweet-smiling mouth, now on her bright sparkling eyes."Oh thou effeminate!" spake one, "and thus, then, thy days thou
And a more excellent style, love, and love only can teach."Thus did the Sophist discourse. What mortal, alas! could resist him?
"Dearest! let's the insect capture
Nothing can now the beauteous growth retard;
Though 'twas safe before.