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DISTICHS.

Written by: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe | Biography
 | Quotes (340) |
 CHORDS are touch'd by Apollo,--the death-laden 
bow, too, he bendeth;

While he the shepherdess charms, Python he lays 
in the dust.

WHAT is merciful censure? To make thy faults appear 
smaller?

May be to veil them? No, no! O'er them to raise 
thee on high!

DEMOCRATIC food soon cloys on the multitude's stomach;
But I'll wager, ere long, other thou'lt give them instead.

WHAT in France has pass'd by, the Germans continue 
to practise,

For the proudest of men flatters the people and 
fawns.

WHO is the happiest of men? He who values the merits 
of others,
And in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.

NOT in the morning alone, not only at mid-day he 
charmeth;

Even at setting, the sun is still the same glorious 
planet.



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