Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII. 1876–79.


The Gondola

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)

Translated by J. S. Dwight

TILTS the gondola lightly over the wave like a cradle,

And the chest thereupon me of a coffin reminds.

Just so we, ’twixt cradle and coffin, go tilting and floating

On Time’s larger canal carelessly on through our life.