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Argwohn Josephs

Language: German (Deutsch)

Und der Engel sprach und gab sich Müh
an dem Mann, der seine Fäuste ballte:
Aber siehst du nicht an jeder Falte,
daß sie kühl ist wie die Gottesfrüh.

Doch der andre sah ihn finster an,
murmelnd nur: Was hat sie so verwandelt?
Doch da schrie der Engel: Zimmermann,
merkst du's noch nicht, daß der Herrgott handelt?

Weil du Bretter machst, in deinem Stolze,
willst du wirklich den zu Rede stelln,
der bescheiden aus dem gleichen Holze
Blätter treiben macht und Knospen schwelln?

Er begriff. Und wie er jetzt die Blicke,
recht erschrocken, zu dem Engel hob,
war der fort. Da schob er seine dicke
Mütze langsam ab. Dann sang er lob.

Translation(s): ENG FRE FRE ITA

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Joseph le soupçonneux", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Il dubbio di Giuseppe", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , title 1: "Joseph's suspicion", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Suspicion de Joseph", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:46
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Word count: 112

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Joseph's suspicion

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

And the angel spoke and took trouble
over the man, who clenched his fists:
"But can't you see in every bit of her being
that she is as cool as a heavenly morning?"

Yet the man looked darkly at the angel,
grumbling only: "What has changed her?"
Then the angel shouted: "Carpenter,
don't you see yet that God is at work here?

"Because you shape boards, in your pride,
are you really going to argue with the One
who modestly, from the same wood,
can make leaves emerge and blossoms bud?"

He understood.  And now as he raised,
quite fearfully, his eyes to the angel,
it was gone.  And he slowly took
his thick cap off.  Then he sang praise.

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Text added to the website: 2011-12-24.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:43
Line count: 16
Word count: 120