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Die Mitternacht zog näher schon;

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Mitternacht zog näher schon;
In stummer Ruh' lag Babylon.

Nur oben in des Königs Schloß,
Da flackert's, da lärmt des Königs Troß.

Dort oben in dem Königsaal,
Belsatzar hielt sein Königsmahl.

Die Knechte saßen in schimmernden Reihn,
Und leerten die Becher mit funkelndem Wein.

Es klirrten die Becher, es jauchzten die Knecht';
So klang es dem störrigen Könige recht.

Des Königs Wangen leuchten Glut;
Im Wein erwuchs ihm kecker Mut.

Und blindlings reißt der Mut ihn fort;
Und er lästert die Gottheit mit sündigem Wort.

Und er brüstet sich frech und lästert wild;
Die Knechtenschar ihm Beifall brüllt.

Der König rief mit stolzem Blick;
Der Diener eilt und kehrt zurück.

Er trug viel gülden Gerät auf dem Haupt;
Das war aus dem Tempel Jehovas geraubt.

Und der König ergriff mit frevler Hand
Einen heiligen Becher, gefüllt bis am Rand.

Und er leert ihn hastig bis auf den Grund
Und rufet laut mit schäumendem Mund:

«Jehova! dir künd' ich auf ewig Hohn -
Ich bin der König von Babylon!»

Doch kaum das grause Wort verklang,
Dem König ward's heimlich im Busen bang.

Das gellende Lachen verstummte zumal;
Es wurde leichenstill im Saal.

Und sieh! und sieh! an weißer Wand
Da kam's hervor wie Menschenhand;

Und schrieb, und schrieb an weißer Wand
Buchstaben von Feuer, und schrieb und schwand.

Der König stieren Blicks da saß,
Mit schlotternden Knien und totenblaß.

Die Knechtenschar saß kalt durchgraut,
Und saß gar still, gab keinen Laut.

Die Magier kamen, doch keiner verstand
Zu deuten die Flammenschrift an der Wand.

Belsazar ward aber in selbiger Nacht
Von seinen Knechten umgebracht.


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA

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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) , "Belsatzar", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Belshazzar", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Balthazar", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Belsazar", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Belsazar

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

La mezzanotte si avvicinava,
in tacita calma stava Babilonia.

Solo su nel castello del re,
balenavano luci, schiamazzava la corte.

Lassù nella sala del re
Belsazar teneva il suo banchetto regale.

I suoi uomini sedevano in splendidi seggi
e vuotavano coppe di vino lucente.

Tintinnavano le coppe, gridavano gli uomini;
questi suoni piacciono all'empio sovrano.

Le guance del re erano rosse;
col vino gli cresceva l'impudente coraggio.

E cieco orgoglio lo trascina
a oltraggiare la divinità con parole blasfeme.

E si vanta sfacciato, e bestemmia selvaggio;
la corte scoppia in applausi.

Il re chiama con sguardo fiero;
il servo si affretta a venire da lui.

Porta molti oggetti preziosi sulla testa,
predati dal tempio di Jehova.

E il re afferra con mano rapace
una coppa sacra, piena fino all'orlo.

E la vuota in un sorso,
e grida forte, la schiuma alla bocca:

"Jehova! Ti annuncio a tuo scherno eterno -
Io sono il re di Babilonia!"

Ma, appena risuonò la terribile parola,
il re provò un'angoscia misteriosa.

Le risate sguaiate tacquero di colpo,
nella sala, silenzio di tomba.

E guarda! Guarda! Sul muro bianco
venne fuori qualcosa come una mano umana,

e scrisse, e scrisse sul muro bianco
lettere di fuoco, le scrisse e scomparve.

Il re rimase a guardare fisso,
gli tremavano i ginocchi, pallido come un morto.

Gli uomini sedevano agghiacciati, inorriditi,
in silenzio, senza dire parola.

Vennero i magi, ma nessuno seppe
spiegare lo scritto di fuoco sul muro.

Ma Belsazar quella stessa notte
dai suoi uomini fu assassinato.


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  • 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 Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), "Belsatzar", appears in Buch der Lieder, in Junge Leiden, in Romanzen, no. 10 DUT ENG FRE SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Adolf Bauer, L. von Beniczkzy-Gyra, Henriëtte Bosmans, Heinz Coenen, Bernard van Dieren, Richard Farber, Friedrich Wilhelm Franke, Johannes Hager, Alfred Heller, Franz von Holstein, Julius Kämpfe, Vincent de Leur, Henk Luymes, Willi von Möllendorf, L. Nathusius, Gustav Alexander Nicolai, Carl Orff, Alexander Ritter, Robert Schumann, Richard Thiele, Gustav Thudichum, A. Thudicum, Felix Werder. Go to the text.

 

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