Summer Solstice: lines from 'Faust'



I wondered what Goethe had to say that might be appropriate for the Summer Solstice and found these lines, addressed to the sun, from the Song of the Archangels in 'Faust, Part 1':

Ihr Anblick gibt den Engeln Starke,
Wenn keiner sie ergrunden mag;
Die unbegreiflich hohen Werke
Sind herrlich wie am ersten Tag.

I'd translate that as:

Your shining gives the angels power,
Yet none can understand your ways;
Incomprehensible Creation
Stuns as it did on the first day.


The house in Frankfurt where Goethe was born in 1749

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