Correspondence Between Gethe and Carlyle

Correspondence Between Gethe and Carlyle

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... you without embarrassment. It is pity that Weimar lay so distant from Scotland; with seas, and wide regions, to us all waste and unpeopled, intervening. No spot on this Globe is for me so significant at present; as indeed it is but for their association with human Worth and Effort that one City is nobler than another, that all cities are not mere stones and mortar. I can understand the long journeys which Lovers of Wisdom were wont to undertake in old days to see with their own eyes some Teacher of Wisdom: all sights in the Earth are poor and meaningless compared with this. We still speculate here on a journey to Weimar, and a winter's residence there; but the way is long, the issue after all but a luxury; then foolish little matters still detain us here: thus, though the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak. One still looks for a luckier time; and many a pretty waking dream, though at last it prove but a phantasm, will for years be worth entertaining. We long much to hear news of you: how your venerable Poet wears his green old age; how his and your labours are prospering. Scarcely any German traveller finds his way hither; so that, except public notices, we are left mostly to hope and guess. Often I look into Stieler's picture, and think the mild deep eyes ought to answer me. But they are only ink on paper, and do not. About the 1st of last December we despatched a little box for Weimar, containing pencil-sketches of our House and environment, Books, and other trifles, among which, I believe, was something from my wife for Madame: but unluckily the frost set in directly after, the Elbe became unnavigable; and the Edinburgh shippers gave little hope of the Packet leaving them till Spring. It was directed, as usual, to the care of...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236971175
  • 9781236971173