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Die Zufriedenheit im niedrigen Stande

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich trachte nicht nach solchen Dingen,
Die hoch und zu gefährlich sind;
Mein Geist sucht nirgends durchzudringen,
Als wo er leichte Bahne findt.
Ich ruhe sanft bis an den Morgen,
Wenn mancher, welcher voller Sorgen
Nach eitler Hoffnung ängstlich ringt,
Der blinden Göttin Weihrauch bringt.

Translation(s): DUT 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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Tevredenheid met gering maatschappelijk aanzien", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La satisfaction de l'humble condition", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La gioia di un'umile condizione", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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La satisfaction de l'humble condition

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

Je n'aspire pas à des choses
Qui sont trop élevées et dangereuses ;
Mon esprit ne cherche à pénétrer
Que là où il trouve un accès facile.
Je me repose tranquillement jusqu'au matin,
Pendant que d'autres, pleins de soucis,
Luttent anxieusement pour un vain espoir,
Et brûlent de l'encens à la déesse aveugle.

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Text added to the website: 2018-01-08.
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