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Audio: Goethe's West-eastern Divan

  • Date recorded: 9 Mar 2012

  • Duration: 01:40

'The man who loves will never go astray, though shadows close around him and above.'

– Goethe

About this recording

Hear actor Helen Morse read an excerpt from Goethe’s West-eastern Divan, translated from the German by Edward Dowden.

This reading was part of a series of excerpts from the romantic stories and lyrical verse written or inspired by some of the great Persian poets of the past, as showcased in the Library's 2012 exhibition, Love and devotion: from Persia and beyond.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) was the German author of novels, epic poems, prose dramas, criticism and treatises. His best-known works include Faust and The Sorrows of Young Werther.