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Genialisch treiben

Language: German (Deutsch)

So wälz ich ohne Unterlaß,
Wie Sankt Diogenes, mein Faß.
Bald ist es Ernst, bald ist es Spaß;
Bald ist es Lieb, bald ist es Haß;
Bald ist es dies, bald ist es das;
Es ist ein Nichts, und ist ein Was.
So wälz ich ohne Unterlaß,
Wie Sankt Diogenes, mein Faß.

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Task of genius", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Geniale darsi da fare", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Occupation de génie", copyright © 2014, (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
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Occupation de génie

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Ainsi je roule sans arrêt
Comme saint Diogène mon tonneau.
Tantôt c'est sérieusement, tantôt c'est en plaisantant ;
Tantôt c'est l'amour, tantôt c'est la haine ;
Tantôt c'est ceci, tantôt c'est cela ;
C'est un rien, et c'est quelque chose.
Ainsi je roule sans arrêt
Comme saint Diogène mon tonneau.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2014 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Text added to the website: 2014-11-07.
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