Translation © by Joel Ayau

Der Pokal
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Freunde, weihet den Pokal 
Jener fremden Menschenwelt,
Die an gleichem Sonnenstrahl 
Sich erhellt, gesellt, gefällt;
Glück den lieben unbekannten
Lichtgesandten Herzverwandten,
Deren Augen [übergehen]1,
Wenn sie in die Sonne [sehen]2. --

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Confirmed with Ludwig Achim's von Arnim Sämmtliche Werke, Zweiundzwanzigster Band, Nachlaß : Sechster Band, Gedichte von Ludwig Achim von Arnim, Erster Band, Weimar, Verlag von L. F. A. Kühn, 1856, page 75.

1 Strauss: "übergehn"
2 Strauss: "sehn"


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) , "La copa", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De bokaal", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Joel Ayau) , "The goblet", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La coupe", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Hubert Schmid

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 30

The goblet
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Friends, consecrate the goblet 
to that foreign world of mankind,
Which, by the same ray of sunshine 
as we are, is illuminated, joined, pleased;
Drink to the happiness of beloved strangers,
Ambassadors of light, relatives of the heart,
Whose eyes also overflow with tears
When they look into the sun.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-12-10
Line count: 8
Word count: 50