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Prometheus

Language: German (Deutsch)

Bedecke deinen Himmel, [Zeus]1,
Mit Wolkendunst,
Und übe, dem Knaben gleich,
Der Disteln köpft,
[An]2 Eichen dich und Bergeshöhn;
Mußt mir meine Erde
Doch lassen stehn,
Und meine Hütte, die du nicht gebaut,
Und meinen Herd,
Um dessen Gluth
Du mich beneidest.

Ich kenne nichts [Aermeres]3
Unter der Sonn', als euch, Götter!
Ihr [nähret]4 kümmerlich
[Von]5 Opfersteuern
[Und]6 Gebetshauch
Eure Majestät,
[Und]7 darbtet, wären
Nicht Kinder und Bettler
Hoffnungsvolle Thoren.

Da ich ein Kind war,
Nicht wußte wo aus noch ein,
Kehrt' ich mein verirrtes Auge
Zur Sonne, als wenn drüber wär'
Ein Ohr, zu hören meine Klage,
Ein Herz, wie mein's,
Sich des Bedrängten zu erbarmen.

Wer half mir
Wider der Titanen Uebermuth?
Wer rettete vom Tode mich,
Von Sklaverey?
Hast du nicht Alles selbst vollendet,
Heilig glühend Herz?
Und glühtest jung und gut,
Betrogen, Rettungsdank
Dem Schlafenden da droben?

Ich dich ehren? Wofür?
Hast du die Schmerzen gelindert
Je des Beladenen?
Hast du die Thränen gestillet
Je des Geängsteten?
Hat nicht mich zum Manne geschmiedet
Die allmächtige Zeit
Und das ewige Schicksal,
Meine Herrn und deine?

Wähntest du etwa,
Ich sollte das Leben hassen,
In Wüsten fliehen,
Weil nicht alle
Blüthenträume reiften?

Hier sitz' ich, forme Menschen
Nach meinem Bilde,
Ein Geschlecht, das mir gleich sey,
Zu leiden, zu weinen,
Zu genießen und zu freuen sich,
Und dein nicht zu achten,
Wie ich!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Zweyter Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, pages 79-81; and with Goethe's Schriften, Achter Band, Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1789, pages 207-209.

First published anonymously in Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi's Ueber die Lehre des Spinoza in Briefen an den Herrn Moses Mendelssohn. Breslau, bey Gottl. Löwe. 1785, where Goethe's poem is included on four unpaginated pages between p.48 and p.49.

1 Goethe (in editions before 1827): "Zevs"
2 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "Mit"
3 Goethe (1789 edition): "ärmers"
4 Schubert: "nährt"
5 Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "Vom"
6 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "Vom"
7 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "Ihr"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Authorship

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) , "Prometeu", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Prometheus", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Prometheus", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Prométhée", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Prometeo", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2018-04-03 15:50:11
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Prometeo

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Copri il tuo cielo, Zeus,
di nubi tempestose,
e sfogati, come un fanciullo
che stronca i cardi,
sulle querce e le cime dei monti;
ma la mia terra
non devi toccarla,
né la mia casa, che tu non costruisti,
né il mio focolare,
per la cui fiamma
tu mi invidi.

Io non conosco nulla di più misero,
sotto il sole, di voi, dèi!
Nutrite a stento
di sacrifici estorti
e d'alito di preghiere
la vostra maestà
e sareste poveri, non esistessero 
i bambini e i miserabili
stupidi pieni di speranza.

Quando ero bambino,
non sapevo da che parte,
volgevo l'occhio smarrito
verso il sole, come se là ci fosse
un orecchio che ascoltasse il mio lamento,
un cuore come il mio
che avesse pietà del mio dolore.

Chi mi aiutò
contro la prepotenza dei Titani?
Chi mi salvò dalla morte,
dalla schiavitù?
Non hai compiuto tutto da solo,
santo cuore ardente?
E non ardevi, giovane e ingenuo,
- illuso - pieno di gratitudine,
per l'addormentato lassù?

Io, onorarti? E perché?
Hai mai lenito i dolori
di chi è sopraffatto?
Hai confortato le lacrime
di chi ha paura?
Non mi ha formato uomo
il Tempo onnipotente,
e il Fato eterno,
di me signori - e di te?

Vaneggiavi per caso
che io dovessi odiare la vita,
fuggire nel deserto,
perché non tutti
i sogni giovanili maturarono?

Qui io sto, plasmo uomini
a mia immagine,
una stirpe che mi somigli,
per soffrire, per piangere,
per gioire, per rallegrarsi
e che di te non si curi,
come me!


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Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2006 by Amelia Maria Imbarrato, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Prometheus", written 1774, first published 1785 CAT DUT ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jan Willem Frans Brandts-Buys, Wilhelm Mauke, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Julius Röntgen, Franz Peter Schubert, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2006-01-18.
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