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Laßet Gelehrte sich zanken und streiten

Language: German (Deutsch)

Laßet Gelehrte sich zanken und streiten,
Streng und bedächtig die Lehrer auch sein!
Alle die Weisesten aller der Zeiten 
Lächeln und winken und stimmen mit ein:
Töricht, auf Beßrung der Toren zu harren!
Kinder der Klugheit, o habet die Narren
Eben zum Narren auch, wie sich's gehört!

Merlin der Alte, im leuchtenden Grabe,
Wo ich als Jüngling gesprochen ihn habe,
Hat mich mit ähnlicher Antwort belehrt:
Töricht, auf Beßrung der Toren zu harren!
Kinder der Klugheit, o habet die Narren
Eben zum Narren auch, wie sich's gehört!

Und auf den Höhen der indischen Lüfte
Und in den Tiefen ägyptischer Grüfte
Hab ich das heilige Wort nur gehört:
Töricht, auf Beßrung der Toren zu harren!
Kinder der Klugheit, o habet die Narren
Eben zum Narren auch, wie sich's gehört!


Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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M. Bruch sets stanzas 1, 3

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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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Let the learned men squabble and bicker", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson copte", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canzone copta I", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
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Word count: 128

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Canzone copta I

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

Lasciate che i dotti discutano litigando,
che siano riflessivi e severi gli insegnanti!
Ma i più saggi in ogni tempo
si mostrano sempre allegri e concilianti:
Sperare che lo stolto migliori è follia!
Chi nasce intelligente, si prenda gioco di loro,
proprio come conviene che sia!

Il vecchio Merlino, nella sua radiosa tomba,
dove da giovane ebbi con lui un colloquio,
mi ha illuminato con una uguale risposta:
Sperare che lo stolto migliori è follia!
Chi nasce intelligente, si prenda gioco di loro,
proprio come conviene che sia!

E sulle vette sotto i cieli dell'india
nelle profonde tombe dell'Egitto
ho sempre ascoltato questo sacro motto:
Sperare che lo stolto migliori è follia!
Chi nasce intelligente, si prenda gioco di loro,
proprio come conviene che sia!


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Cophtisches Lied", written 1799 ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Max Bruch, Thomas Christian David, Harald Genzmer, Leo Grill, Wilhelm Killmayer, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2012-02-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:46
Line count: 19
Word count: 125