sometimes misattributed to Anacreon (c582BCE - c485BCE) and by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

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".

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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):

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Pierre Barbier (1854 - 1918) ; composed by Émile Paladilhe.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Carl von Blankensee ; composed by Carl Loewe.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) , "An die Zikade", subtitle: "Nach dem Anakreon" ; composed by Anton Urspruch.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Stefan Stocker.

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

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This text was added to the website: 2015-03-24
Line count: 17
Word count: 65