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Hört mich, Ihr grausamen Götter!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Hört mich, Ihr grausamen Götter!
Hab' ich mein Dasein erfleht?
War es mein Wille, zu leben?
Schuf ich mich so, wie ich wurde?--
Was straft Ihr mich dennoch?--

Konntet Ihr nicht einen Felsen
Schaffen an meiner Statt? So
Hart und so kalt, der der Meerfluth
Stand hält? Mich fassen die Fluthen --
Ich trotze und sinke!

O Ihr erhabenen [Götter]1
Kennet nicht menschliches Fühlen,
Fern ist Euch Bangen und Seufzen,--
Darum erschuft Ihr den Menschen
Als fühlendes Spielzeug.

Nimmermehr will ich erflehen
Gaben von Euch; ja, ich flehe
Jetzo schon nicht mehr -- Ihr lächelt
Kalt doch und fern wie der Himmel,
Ihr grausamen Götter!


Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with: Carmen Sylva, Sappho, Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus, 1880, pages 31-32.

1 Sommer: "Götter Ihr"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2014-12-26.
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Hear me, you cruel gods!

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Hear me, you cruel gods!
Did I plead for my existence?
Was it my will to live?
Did you create me as I have become?--
Why do you punish me nonetheless? --

Could you not have created
A rock in my place, so
Hard and so cold, that could stand up against
The flood of the sea?  I am caught by the torrents--
I defy them and sink!

Oh you august gods1
Do not know human feelings,
Anxiety and sighs are far from you,--
Therefore you created humankind
To be a feeling toy [for yourselves].

Nevermore shall I implore you
For gifts; yes, I already
No longer implore you -- you smile
But coldly and distantly as the heavens,
You cruel gods!


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Text added to the website: 2014-12-26.
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