by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Dithyrambe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Nimmer, das glaubt mir,
[Erscheinen]1 die Götter,
Nimmer allein.
Kaum daß ich Bacchus den lustigen habe,
[Kommt auch]2 schon Amor, der lächelnde Knabe,
Phöbus der Herrliche findet sich ein.
     Sie nahen, sie kommen
     Die Himmlischen alle,
     Mit Göttern erfüllt sich
     Die irdische Halle. 

Sagt, wie bewirth' ich,
[Der Erdegebohrne,]3
Himmlischen Chor?
[Schenket]4 mir euer unsterbliches Leben,
Götter! Was kann euch der Sterbliche geben?
Hebet zu eurem Olymp mich empor!
     Die Freude, sie wohnt nur
     In Jupiters Saale,
     O füllet mit Nektar,
     O reicht mir die Schale! 

Reich ihm die Schale!
[Schenke]5 dem Dichter,
Hebe nur ein.
Netz' ihm die Augen mit himmlischem Thaue,
Daß er den Styx, den verhaßten, nicht schaue,
Einer der Unsern sich dünke zu sein.
     Sie rauschet, sie perlet,
     Die himmlische Quelle,
     Der Busen wird ruhig,
     Das Auge wird [helle]6.

F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-2 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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Confirmed with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1797, herausgegeben von Schiller. Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaischen Buchhandlung, pages 120-121, and with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller, Erster Theil, Leipzig, 1800, bey Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, pages 151-152.

First published 1797 with the title "Der Besuch" in Schiller's Musen-Almanach

1 Schreiber: "Nahen"
2 Schreiber: "Naht sich"
3 Schreiber: "Erdegebohrner"
4 Schiller (Musen-Almanach): "Leyhet"
5 Schubert: "O schenke"
6 Schreiber: "heller"

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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) , "Ditirambe", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Dithyrambe", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Dithyramb", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Dithyrambe", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Ditirambo", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-04-07 14:37:54
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Word count: 133

Dithyramb
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Never, believe me, do the gods appear alone,
 never alone!
 Hardly do I see Bacchus the merry,
 when along comes Cupid as well, the smiling boy -
 and then Phoebus the magnificent arrives.
 They approach, they arrive, Celestial Beings all;
 with gods are the earthly halls filled.
 
 Tell me how I, an earth-born person, might receive and feed
 this divine chorus?
 Grant me your immortal life,
 Gods! What can a mortal give you?
 Lift me to your Olympus!
 Joy - it dwells only in Jupiter's hall.
 O fill me with ambrosia - pass me the goblet!
 
 Pass him the goblet! O pour for the poet,
 Hebe; pour for him.
 Moisten his eyes with heavenly dew,
 so that he will not see the despised Styx,
 thinking himself one of us.
 It roars, it sparkles - the celestial stream -
 the breast grows calm and the eye grows bright.

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
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