Submit Your Poems
Get Your Premium Membership


See and share Beautiful Nature Photos and amazing photos of interesting places




EXPLANATION OF AN ANTIQUE GEM

Written by: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe | Biography
 | Quotes (340) |
 A YOUNG fig-tree its form lifts high

Within a beauteous garden;
And see, a goat is sitting by.
As if he were its warden.
But oh, Quirites, how one errs! The tree is guarded badly; For round the other side there whirrs And hums a beetle madly.
The hero with his well-mail'd coat Nibbles the branches tall so; A mighty longing feels the goat Gently to climb up also.
And so, my friends, ere long ye see The tree all leafless standing; It looks a type of misery, Help of the gods demanding.
Then listen, ye ingenuous youth, Who hold wise saws respected: From he-goat and from beetles-tooth A tree should be protected! 1815.



Comments