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Gern und gerner

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Gang war schwer, der Tag war rauh, 
Kalt weht' es und stürmisch aus Norden;
Es trieft mein Haar vom Abendtau,
Fast wär' ich müde geworden. 

Laß blinken den roten, den süßen Wein:
Es mag der alte Zecher 
Sich gerne sonnen im roten Schein,
Sich gerne wärmen am Becher; 

Und gerner sich sonnen in trüber Stund'
Am Klarblick deiner Augen,
Und gerner vom roten, vom süßen Mund
[Durchwärmende]1 Flammen saugen.

Reichst mir den Mund, mir den Pokal,
Mir Jugendlust des Lebens; 
Laß tosen und toben die Stürme zumal,
Sie mühen um mich sich vergebens.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Nietzsche: "erwärmende"

Submitted by John Versmoren


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Gladly and more gladly still", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Aimer et préférer", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:01:23
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Word count: 94

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Aimer et préférer

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

Le chemin était dur, le jour était rude,
Un vent froid et tempétueux soufflait du nord ;
La rosée du soir dégoulinait de mes cheveux,
J'étais au bord de l'épuisement.

Faisons  miroiter le doux vin rouge ;
Le vieil assoiffé  aime
À savourer ses reflets rouges,
À se réchauffer au gobelet ;

Mais aux heures sombres, on préfère savourer
Le regard clair de tes yeux,
Et l'on préfère s'abreuver au feu brûlant
De ta bouche rouge et douce.

Tu me tends les lèvres, le gobelet,
Me proposes le juvénile bonheur de la vie ;
Surtout, laissons mugir et rugir les tempêtes
Qui s'occupent en vain de moi.

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Text added to the website: 2011-01-21T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:04:13
Line count: 16
Word count: 107