by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Wer wird von der Welt verlangen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Wer wird von der Welt verlangen,
Was sie selbst vermißt und träumet,
Rückwarts oder seitwarts blickend
Stets den Tag des Tags versäumet?
Ihr Bemühn, ihr guter Wille
Hinkt nur nach dem raschen Leben,
Und was du vor Jahren brauchtest,
Möchte sie dir heute geben.

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Qui demanarà al món", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Who would demand of the world", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Celle qui demandera au monde", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 44

Who would demand of the world
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Who would demand of the world
That which it lacks itself and of which it dreams,
Gazing backwards or sideways
Always missing out on the day of the day?
Its endeavours, its good will
Only limps in the wake of rapid life,
And that which you needed years ago
It would like to give you today.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2014 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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This text was added to the website: 2014-09-18
Line count: 8
Word count: 56