sometimes misattributed to Anacreon (c582BCE - c485BCE) and by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Εἰς τέττιγα
Language: Greek (Ελληνικά) 
Μακαρίζομέν σε, τέττιξ,
ὅτι δενδρέων ἐπ ΄ ἄκρων
ὀλίγην δρόσον πεπωκώς,
βασιλεὺς ὅπως, ἀείδεις.
Σὰ γάρ ἐστι κεῖνα πάντα,
ὁπόσα βλέπεις ἐν ἀγροῖς,
κὀπόσα φέρουσιν ὧραι.
Σὺ δὲ φίλτατος γεωργοῖς,
σὺ δὲ τίμιος βροτοῖσι,
θέρεος γλυκὺς προφήτης.
Φιλέουσι μέν σε Μοῦσαι,
φιλέει δὲ Φοῖβος αὐτός,
λιγυρὴν δ ΄ ἔδωκεν οἴμην.
Τὸ δὲ γῆρας οὔ σε τείρει,
σοφέ, γηγενές, φίλυμνε,
ἀπαθές, ἀναιμόσαρκε·
σχεδὸν εἶ θεοῖς ὅμοιος.

Note: this was actually written about five hundred years after Anacreon's death, but follows his style. It is a product of the "Anacreontics".

Show a transliteration: DIN | ISO 843

Note on Transliterations

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2015-03-24 00:00:00
Last modified: 2015-03-24 12:22:00
Line count: 17
Word count: 65

Selig bist du, liebe Kleine
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Greek (Ελληνικά) 
Selig bist du, liebe Kleine,
Die du auf der Bäume Zweigen,
Von geringem Trank begeistert,
Singend, wie ein König lebest!
Dir gehöret eigen alles,
Was du auf den Feldern siehest,
Alles, was die Stunden bringen;
Lebest unter Ackersleuten,
Ihre Freundin, unbeschädigt,
Du den Sterblichen Verehrte,
Süßen Frühlings süßer Bote!
Ja, dich lieben alle Musen,
Phöbus selber muß dich lieben,
Gaben dir die Silberstimme,
Dich ergreifet nie das Alter,
Weise, Zarte, Dichterfreundin,
Ohne Fleisch und Blut Geborne,
Leidenlose Erdentochter,
Fast den Göttern zu vergleichen.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Poetische Werke, Band 1, Berlin, 1960, page 349.


Authorship

Based on

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2015-03-24 00:00:00
Last modified: 2015-03-24 12:16:19
Line count: 19
Word count: 83