This is the vision that inspires me,
This is my wisdom’s final word: that they
Who must defend their freedom every day
Deserve to live lives that are truly free.
So here, beset by danger, each shall spend
A life of honest effort to the end.
A happy throng! If only I could see
Upon free land a people truly free,
Then to the passing moment I might say:
You are so beautiful, I bid you stay!
The traces of my life can never be
Effaced from human memory.
As I anticipate my vision, this
Is now the moment of my highest bliss.

from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Faust” (Translated by John R. Williams)

Frankfurt, Germany in August, 2013.

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