Here comes a lovely pair of articles showing Clarence Mangan’s songs “from the Coptic”.
Figure 1: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in 1828, by the German painter Joseph Karl Stieler (1781 – 1858).
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832),[i]was aGerman writer, artist, scientist and politician, who wrote extensively in so many genres, including drama, comedy, plays, opera, novels and poetry. Without any doubt Goethe is considered a giant in German and world literature. Some of his famous works are Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (The Sorrows of Young Werther) and Faust.His many poetic works include Gesellige Lieder (Convivial Songs), which was published in 1814; and in it one finds two poems: Kophtisches Lied and Ein Andres, often translated Coptic Song and Another, respectively.[ii] The two poems are sometimes called Kophtisches Lied I and Kophtisches Lied II – that is, Coptic Song I and Coptic Song II. Both were writen by Goethe in…
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