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"THE GREAT MINDS THAT SOAR TO HEIGHTS SUBLIME, AND WIN IN PERIL ALL THE WORLD'S APPLAUSE,
་ A NEW LIGHT HATH DAWNED ON THE DARKness of yore,-—(MACKAY)
AND MEN SHALL BE SLAVES AND OPPRESSORS NO MORE."-DR. MACKAY.
ARE AYE THE SAME,-IN A CALMER TIME, CONFORM THEM TO THE SWEET DOMESTIC LAWS."-MACKAY.
"BE WISE, OH, YE NATIONS! AND HEAR WHAT YESTERDAY TELLETH TO-DAY,CHARLES MACKAY)
THE DAY HAS A TONGUE, THE HOURS UTter speech;—(MACKAY)
WISE WILL YE BE IF YE LEARN WHAT THEY TEACH!"-DR. MACKAY.
A CHANGE COMETH OVER OUR SPHERE, AND THE OLD GUETH DOWN TO DECAY."-CHARLES MACKAY.
"THE VOICE OF OPINION HAS GROWN: TWAS YESTERDAY CHANGEFUL AND WEAK;-(MACKAY)
"THE MIST, THE CLOUD FROM THEIR PATHWAY ARE CURLED;
DR. CHARLES MACKAY.
TO-DAY IT HAS TAKEN THE TONE OF AN ORATOR WORTHY TO SPEAK."-CHARLES MACKAY.
"THE HEART RUNS BACK O'ER LIFE'S BEWILDERED MAZE, AND PANGS LONG LAID TO SLEEP AWAKE ANEW;-(GOETHE)
WHAT I POSSESS SEEMS FAR, FAR OFF TO BE,-(MARTIN's Goethe)
THE NOTHINGNESS OF LIFE.
One-but the type of all
Rolling the dreadful ball
[From "Studies from the Antique," edit. 1864.]
[THIS Successful translator and graceful writer was born at Edinburgh in 1816, and educated at the High School. He practised as a solicitor in his native city until his removal to London in 1846. His first literary essays were made under the nom de plume of "Ben Gualtier;" and conjointly with Professor Aytoun he produced the "Book of Ballads," and the "Poems and Ballads of Goethe" (1858). He has also translated "King Rene's Daughter," from the Danish of Henrik Hartz; and the dramas of "Corregio" and "Aladdin" from Oehlenschläger; the "Odes" and "Satires" of Horace, the "Vita Nuova" of Dante, the "Faust' of Goethe, and the poems of Catullus. As a translator, he is singularly felicitous; rendering both the form and spirit of his original with equal grace and accuracy.]
TRANSLATIONS FROM GOETHE.
[Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Born 1749; died 1832.]
THE NOTHINGNESS OF LIFE.
ROUND our spirit's dreams, our noblest, best,
The glorious feelings, those that most we prized,
In the world's turmoil and ignoble strife
AND WHAT HATH PASSED AWAY BECOMES REALITY."-MARTIN'S GOETHE.
AND NAME THE LOVED ONES LOST, BEFORE THEIR DAY SWEPT, WHILST LIFE WAS BEAUTIFUL, AWAY."-MARTIN'S GOETHE.
"HOW HARD IT IS, ALMOST BEYOND belief, to GET AT KNOWLEDGE IN ITS FOUNTAIN HEAD!-MARTIN'S GOETHE)
"AY, BUT THE WORLD! THE HEART AND SOUL OF MAN,-(GOETHE
If Fancy, for a season flushed with hope,
Through boundless ether soars with wing unchecked,
When in Time's quicksands joy to joy lies wrecked.
Fresh masks she dons, to work us bitter dole;
house and land, as child and wife,
As fire and flood, as knife and poisoned bowl.
I am not like the gods, too well I feel!
No! Like the worm that writhes in dust am I,
For what but dust, mere dust, is all
On books by thousands, but to learn
That mortals have been wretched everywhere,
And only one been happy here and there?
[From "Faust," a metaphysical and lyrical drama, founded on the popular legend which also suggested Christopher Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus," and Philip James Bailey's "Festus."]
SOMETHING OF THESE MAY BE LEARNED BY ALL."-MARTIN'S GOETHE.
AND ERE A MAN IS HALF-WAY ON THE ROAD, HE'S VERY SURE, POOR FELLOW, TO BE DEAD."-MARTIN'S GOETHE.