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Language: German (Deutsch)

Nimmer, das glaubt mir,
[Erscheinen]1 die Götter,
Nimmer allein.
Kaum daß ich Bacchus den lustigen habe,
[Kommt auch]2 schon Amor, der lächelnde Knabe,
Phöbus der Herrliche findet sich ein.
     Sie nahen, sie kommen
     Die Himmlischen alle,
     Mit Göttern erfüllt sich
     Die irdische Halle. 

Sagt, wie bewirth' ich,
[Der Erdegebohrne,]3
Himmlischen Chor?
[Schenket]4 mir euer unsterbliches Leben,
Götter! Was kann euch der Sterbliche geben?
Hebet zu eurem Olymp mich empor!
     Die Freude, sie wohnt nur
     In Jupiters Saale,
     O füllet mit Nektar,
     O reicht mir die Schale! 

Reich ihm die Schale!
[Schenke]5 dem Dichter,
Hebe nur ein.
Netz' ihm die Augen mit himmlischem Thaue,
Daß er den Styx, den verhaßten, nicht schaue,
Einer der Unsern sich dünke zu sein.
     Sie rauschet, sie perlet,
     Die himmlische Quelle,
     Der Busen wird ruhig,
     Das Auge wird [helle]6.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-2 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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Confirmed with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1797, herausgegeben von Schiller. Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaischen Buchhandlung, pages 120-121, and with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller, Erster Theil, Leipzig, 1800, bey Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, pages 151-152.

First published 1797 with the title "Der Besuch" in Schiller's Musen-Almanach

1 Schreiber: "Nahen"
2 Schreiber: "Naht sich"
3 Schreiber: "Erdegebohrner"
4 Schiller (Musen-Almanach): "Leyhet"
5 Schubert: "O schenke"
6 Schreiber: "heller"

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Ditirambe", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Dithyrambe", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Dithyramb", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Dithyrambe", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Ditirambo", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-04-07 14:37:54
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Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Giammai, credetemi, si mostrano gli dei
da soli, soli, giammai.
Appena è con me Bacco, il Gioioso,
subito lo raggiunge Amore, il Fanciullo ridente,
Febo signore è pure presente.
Arrivano, vengono, tutti i Celesti,
di Numi è piena la sala terrena.

Dite, come ospiterò io, creatura mortale,
il coro celeste?
Donatemi la vostra vita immortale,
Numi! E che posso darvi in cambio io, mortale?
Portatemi su, nel vostro Olimpo!
La gioia esiste solo nelle sale di Zeus,
riempite di nettare, porgetemi la coppa!

Porgetegli la coppa! Mesci per il poeta,
Ebe, ora mesci per lui!
Bagnagli gli occhi con la rugiada celeste,
ché non veda lo Stige, l'Odioso,
uno dei nostri si creda di essere.
Mormora e spuma la fonte divina,
si calma il petto, l'occhio si fa sereno.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805), "Dithyrambe", written 1796, first published 1797 CAT DUT ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Conradin Kreutzer, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Christian Schreiber, Franz Peter Schubert, Wilhelm Taubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2005-09-11.
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