By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
WHY pacest thou, my neighbour fair,
The garden all alone?
If house and land thou seek’st to guard,
I’d thee as mistress own.
My brother sought the cellar-maid,
And suffered her no rest;
She gave him a refreshing draught,
A kiss, too, she impress’d.
My cousin is a prudent wight,
The cook’s by him ador’d;
He turns the spit round ceaselessly,
To gain love’s sweet reward.
We six together then began
A banquet to consume,
When lo! a fourth pair singing came,
And danced into the room.
Welcome were they,–and welcome too
Was a fifth jovial pair.
Brimful of news, and stored with tales
And jests both new and rare.
For riddles, spirit, raillery,
And wit, a place remain’d;
A sixth pair then our circle join’d,
And so that prize was gain’d.
And yet to make us truly blest,
One miss’d we, and full sore;
A true and tender couple came,–
We needed them no more.
The social banquet now goes on,
Unchequer’d by alloy;
The sacred double-numbers then
Let us at once enjoy!