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DEPARTURE.

 WITH many a thousand kiss not yet content,

At length with One kiss I was forced to go;

After that bitter parting's depth of woe,
I deem'd the shore from which my steps I bent,

Its hills, streams, dwellings, mountains, as I went,

A pledge of joy, till daylight ceased to glow;

Then on my sight did blissful visions grow
In the dim-lighted, distant firmament,

And when at length the sea confined my gaze,

My ardent longing fill'd my heart once more;

 What I had lost, unwillingly I sought.
Then Heaven appear'd to shed its kindly rays: Methought that all I had possess'd of yore Remain'd still mine--that I was reft of nought.
1807?8.

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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