Klopstock: Time, announcer of the best joys
by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724-1803)
Zeit, Verkündigerin der besten Freuden
Time, announcer of the best joys,
near, blessed Time: in the distance
I searched for you, shedding
too many troubled tears.
And yet you come! O, you are sent by angels!
Angels have sent you to me - they were once human,
and like me, they loved, and now love
as immortals love.
On the wings of peace, in the morning breezes,
bright from the dew of the day that smiles down from above,
with eternal Spring
you come down from the heavens.
For they feel whole and overflow with delight
in their hearts - these full souls -
when they think themselves beloved,
and are intoxicated with Love!
Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock