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Found, written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1813, was translated from the original German Gefunden by E.A. Bowring in 1813.


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Once through the forest
Alone I went;
To seek for nothing
My thoughts were bent.


I saw i' the shadow
A flower stand there
As stars it glisten'd,
As eyes 'twas fair.


I sought to pluck it,—
It gently said:
"Shall I be gather'd
Only to fade?"


With all its roots
I dug it with care,
And took it home
To my garden fair.


In silent corner
Soon it was set;
There grows it ever,
There blooms it yet.