View Full Version : HASTE NOT, REST NOT German title needed!

05-29-2012, 02:10 PM
Hi Everybody,

does anybody know, which is the original German title of this poem from Goethe. I've been looking for it for a month now, but still nothing.


Without haste! Without rest!
Bind the motto to thy breast;
Bear it with thee as a spell;
Storm or sunshine, guard it well!
Heed not the flowers that round thee bloom,
Bear it onward to the tomb.

Haste not! Let no thoughtless deed
Mar for aye the spirit's speed!
Ponder well and know the right,
Onward, then, with all thy might!
Haste not! Years can ne'er atone
For one reckless action done.

Rest not! Life is sweeping by,
Go and dare before you die
Something mighty and sublime
Leave behind to conquer time!
Glorious 'tis to live for aye,
When these forms have passed away.

Haste not! Rest not! Calmly wait;
Meekly bear the stones of fate!
Duty be thy polar guide--
Do the right water'er betide!
Haste not! Rest not! Conflicts past,
God shall crown thy work at last.