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by Christoph Christian Sturm (1740 - 1786)
Translation © by Marco Crosetto

Der Tag des Weltgerichts
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ITA
Wenn der Erde Gründe beben,
und in Totengrüften Leben
und im Staube Jugendstärke wallt,
wenn des Auferweckers Stimme schallt:
Gott! erbarm dich unser!

Wenn mit Zittern und Entzücken
alle Völker nach dir blicken
und dein flammend Richterangesicht
Fluch und Lohn in ihre Seele spricht:
Gott! erbarm dich unser!

Wenn auch ich dann vor dir stehe,
und mein Aug' zu deiner Höhe
bebend nur emporzuschauen wagt,
wenn in mir die ganze Menschheit zagt:
Gott! erbarm dich unser!


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

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Marco Crosetto) , "Il giorno del giudizio universale", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Caroline Diehl

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 15
Word count: 76

Il giorno del giudizio universale
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Quando ribollirà la terra di terremoti
e fremeranno la vita nelle cripte dei morti 
e nella polvere le forze primordiali
quando il suono del giudizio risuonerà:
Dio! Abbi pietà di noi!

Quando anch’io mi troverò davanti a te,
e il mio occhio verso la tua maestà
oserà solo contemplarti dal basso tremante,
quando con me esiterà tutta l'umanità:
Dio! Abbi pietà di noi!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2014 by Marco Crosetto, (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: 2014-12-09
Line count: 10
Word count: 63