KING. "Well, perhaps. Why have we no good Historians? Why does no one undertake a Translation of Tacitus?"
GELLERT. "Tacitus is difficult to translate; and the Frenoh themselves have but bad translations of him."
KING. "That is true (DA HAT ER RECHT)."
GELLERT. "And, on the whole, various reasons may be given why the Germans have not yet distinguished themselves in every kind of writing. While Arts and Sciences were in their flower among the Greeks, the Romans were still busy in War. Perhaps this is the Warlike Era of the Germans:--perhaps also they have yet wanted Augustuses and Louis-Fourteenths!"
KING. "How, would you wish one Augustus,then, for all Germany?"
GELLERT. "Not altogether that; I could wish only that every Sovereign encouraged men of genius in his own country."
KING (starting a new subject). "Have you never been out of Saxony?"
GELLERT. "I have been in Berlin."