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Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Trans. By Thomas Carlyle, Contrib. By Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
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Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship affords a distinct view of Goethe's matured genius, his manner of thought and favorite subjects -- more so, perhaps, than any of his other works. Nor is it Goethe alone whom it portrays; the prevailing taste of Germany of the day is likewise indicated by it. Since the year 1795, when it first appeared at Berlin, numerous editions of Meister have been printed: critics of all ranks, and some of them dissenting widely from its doctrines, have loaded it with encomiums; its songs and poems are familiar to every German ear; the people read it, and speak of it, with an admiration approaching in many cases to enthusiasm.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
I was vexed to the heart at these things, and sad for all the evening. By next morning, however, I had quite slept off my sorrow; and was blessed in the persuasion that, but for this one fault, I had played delightfully. The spectators also flattered me with their unanimous approval; they all maintained, that though the lieutenant, in regard to the coarse and the fine voices.
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