Thursday, June 06, 2019


A Keen Nose

Goethe, Faust I.2817-2820 (tr. Walter Kaufman):
She has a nose to smell things out—
In prayerbooks she keeps her snout—
A whiff of anything makes plain
Whether it's holy or profane.

Die Frau hat gar einen feinen Geruch,
Schnuffelt immer im Gebetbuch
Und riecht's einem jeden Möbel an,
Ob das Ding heilig ist oder profan.

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