------ What we sing in company Soon from heart to heart will fly. -----
THE Gesellige Lieder, which I have angicisled as above, as several of them cannot be called convivial songs, are separated by Goethe from his other songs, and I have adhered to the same arrangement. The Ergo bibamus is a well-known drinking song in Germany, where it enjoys vast popularity.
ON THE NEW YEAR.
[Composed for a merry party that used to meet, in 1802, at Goethe's house.]
FATE now allows us,
'Twixt the departing
And the upstarting, Happy to be; And at the call of
Future and perish'd Moments we see.
Seasons of anguish,--
Ah, they must ever
Truth from woe sever, Love and joy part; Days still more worthy
Soon will unite us,
Fairer songs light us, Strength'ning the heart.
We, thus united,
Think of, with gladness,
Rapture and sadness, Sorrow now flies. Oh, how mysterious
Old the connection,
New-born the prize!
Thank, for this, Fortune,
Thank all that kindly Fate may bestow! Revel in change's
Love far sincerer, More heartfelt glow!
Over the old one,
Sad and dejected, Others may view; But, on us gently
Shineth a true one,
And to the new one We, too, are new.
As a fond couple
'Midst the dance veering,
First disappearing, Then reappear, So let affection