by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Die zwei Tugendwege
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Zwei sind der Wege, auf welchen der Mensch zur Tugend emporstrebt,
Schließt sich der eine dir zu, thut sich der andre dir auf.
Handelnd erringt der Glückliche sie, [der Leidende duldend]1.
Wohl ihm, den sein Geschick liebend auf beiden geführt.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller, Erster Theil, Leipzig, 1800, bey Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, page 206.

1 Schubert: "duldend der Leidende"


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Els dos camins de la virtut", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De twee wegen naar de deugd", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "The two paths to virtue", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Les deux chemins de la vertu", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Le due strade che conducono alla virtù", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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The two paths to virtue
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Two are the paths, upon which mankind may seek virtue,
Upon finding one barred, the other opens up to you.
He who is fortunate wins blessings by taking action, [the Sufferer by endurance]1.
Good for him, whose Destiny seeks out both paths!

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1 Schubert: "duldend der Leidende” = "endures the Sufferer"


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