by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Königlich Gebet
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Ha, ich bin der Herr der Welt!
Mich lieben die Edlen, die mir dienen.
Ha, ich bin der Herr der Welt!
Ich liebe die Edlen, denen ich gebiete.
O gib mir, Gott im Himmel,
Daß ich mich der Höh und Liebe
Nicht überhebe.


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 (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Royal prayer", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Preghiera regale", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Prière royale", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
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Prière royale
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ah ! Je suis le maître du monde !
Les nobles qui me servent m'aiment,
Ah ! Je suis le maître du monde !
J'aime les nobles que je commande.
Oh accorde-moi, Dieu dans les cieux,
Que par mon élévation et mon amour
Je ne sois pas exalté.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2014 by Guy Laffaille, (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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Text added to the website: 2014-11-02 00:00:00
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