To an Astute Woman

To whom the fair muses into a sincere sensitive heart
    Breathed grace and bestowed the enchanting word—
Him one believes; but from flattering lips such as hers
    I believe everything, even before I hear it said.

Translation: Charles L. Cingolani                      Copyright © 2016

Einer geistreichen Frau

Wem in das rein empfindende Herz holdselige Musen
    Anmut hauchten und ihm liehn das bezaubernde Wort —
Alles glauben wir ihm; doch diesen schmeichelnden Lippen
    Glaubt ich alles, bevor ich nur ein Wörtchen vernahm.

Eduard Moerike  1843
. . . It depends on whom the speaker is . . .
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