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Lynceus der Thürmer, auf Fausts Sternwarte singend (Faust II) I (1832) Op. 9 Book VIII no.3

Lynceus der Thürmer, auf Fausts Sternwarte singend (Faust II) I

Zum Sehen geboren,
Zum Schauen bestellt,
Dem Thurme geschworen,
Gefällt mir die Welt.
Ich blick’ in die Ferne,
Ich seh’ in die Näh’
Den Mond und die Sterne,
Den Wald und das Reh.
So seh’ ich in allen
Die ewige Zier,
Und wie mir’s gefallen,
Gefall’ ich auch mir.
Ihr glücklichen Augen,
Was je ihr gesehn,
Es sei wie es wolle,
Es war doch so schön!

Lynceus, the watchman, singing on Faust's observatory

I am born for seeing,
Employed to watch,
Sworn to the tower,
I delight in the world.
I see what is far,
I see what is near,
The moon and the stars,
The wood and the deer.
In all these I see
Eternal beauty,
And as it has pleased me,
I’m pleasing to myself.
O happy eyes,
Whatever you have seen,
Let it be as it may,
How fair it has been!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe served as a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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