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O Mensch! Gib acht!

Language: German (Deutsch)

O Mensch! Gib acht!
Was spricht, die tiefe Mitternacht?
"Ich schlief, ich schlief -,
Aus tiefem Traum bin ich erwacht: -
Die Welt ist tief,
Und tiefer als der Tag gedacht.
Tief ist ihr Weh -,
Lust - tiefer noch als Herzeleid:
Weh spricht: Vergeh! 
Doch alle Lust will Ewigkeit -,
- Will tiefe, tiefe Ewigkeit!"


Translation(s): CAT ENG ENG FRE FRE ITA

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lukas Foss) , "O Man! Take heed!", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Thomas Common) , no title
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "O uomo! Attento ascolta!", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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O man! Take heed!

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

O man!  Take heed!
What saith deep midnight's voice indeed?
"I slept my sleep--,
"From deepest dream I've woke, and plead:--
"The world is deep,
"And deeper than the day could read.
"Deep is its woe--,
"Joy--deeper still than grief can be:
"Woe saith:  Hence!  Go!
"But joys all want eternity-,
"-Want deep, profound eternity!"


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Submitted by Ross Klatte

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 - 1900), appears in Also sprach Zarathustra CAT FRE ITA FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Michael Brough, Lukas Foss, Hans Hermann, Lothar Kempter, Marius Felix Lange, Gustav Mahler, Klaus Miehling, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Ferdinand Pfohl, Theodor Streicher, Ernest Vietor, Felix Wolfes, Erich Zeisl. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2014-12-16.
Last modified: 2014-12-16 21:25:59
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