"Nearness of the Beloved" by Goethe
- NEARNESS OF THE BELOVED
I think of you when from the sea the shimmer
of sunlight streams;
I think of you when on the brook the dimmer
moon casts her beams.
I see your face when on the distant highway
dust whirls and flakes,
in deepest night when on the mountain byway
the traveller quakes.
I hear your voice when, dully roaring, yonder
waves rise and spill;
listening, in silent woods I often wander
when all is still.
I walk with you, though miles from you divide me;
yet you are near!
The sun goes down, soon stars will shine to guide me.
Would you were here!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, from the book "Roman
Elegies and Other Poems", selected, translated and
with an introduction by Michael Hamburger, page 41