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Would you be so kind to help me with the translation of these inspiring words that let Tesla to conceive his motor?

One afternoon, which is ever present in my recollection, I was enjoying a walk with my friend in the City Park and reciting poetry.  At that age I knew entire books by heart, word for word.  One of these was Goethe's "Faust." The sun was just setting and reminded me of the glorious passage:

"Sie ruckt und weicht, der Tag ist uberlebt, 
Dort eilt sie hin und fordert neues Leben.
Oh, dass kein Flugel mich vom Boden hebt
Ihr nach und immer nach zu streben!

Ein schoner Traum indessen sie entweicht,
Ach, zu des Geistes Flugeln wird so leicht
Kein korperlicher Flugel sich gesellen!"

These lines are from Chapter 3 of Tesla's autobiography My Inventions.  Translated into English they read as follows:

The glow retreats, done is the day of toil; 
It yonder hastes, new fields of life exploring;
Ah, that no wing can lift me from the soil
Upon its track to follow, follow soaring!

A glorious dream! though now the glories fade.
Alas! the wings that lift the mind no aid
Of wings to lift the body can bequeath me. 

 

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