The Beautiful Night
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Now I leave this cottage lowly,
Where my love hath made her home,
And with silent footsteps slowly
Through the darksome forest roam.
Luna breaks through oaks and bushes,
Zephyr hastes her steps to meet,
And the waving birch-tree blushes,
Scattering round her incense sweet.
Grateful are the cooling breezes
Of this beauteous summer night,
Here is felt the charm that pleases,
And that gives the soul delight.
Boundless is my joy; yet, Heaven,
Willingly I’d leave to thee
Thousand such nights, were one given
By my maiden loved to me!