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Der Misanthrop

Language: German (Deutsch)

 Erst sitzt er eine Weile, 
 Die Stirn von Wolken frei;
 Auf einmal [kömmt]1 in Eile
 Sein ganz Gesicht der Eule
 Verzerrtem Ernste bei.

 [Sie fragen]2 was das sei,
 Lieb' oder Langeweile?

 Ach! sie sind's alle Zwei!

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Zelter: "kommt"
2 Zelter: "Ihr fraget"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The misanthrope", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
Line count: 11
Word count: 39

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The misanthrope

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 First he sits for a while,
 His forehead unclouded;
 Suddenly in great haste
 His whole face assumes
 The ghastly seriousness of an owl.

 You ask what that might be,
 Love or boredom?

 Ah! it is both of them!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Der Misanthrop"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Bernhard Theodor Breitkopf, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-10-31.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:22
Line count: 11
Word count: 41