by Gottfried August Bürger (1747 - 1794)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

An die Frauen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Greek (Ελληνικά) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Natur gab Stieren Hörner,
Sie gab den Rossen Hufe,
Den Hasen schnelle Füße,
Den Löwen weite Rachen,
Den Fischen gab sie Flossen,
Und Fittige den Vögeln;
Den Männern, den Männern aber Weisheit.
Männern! nicht den Weibern?
Was gab sie diesen?
Schönheit, Schönheit.
Statt aller unsrer Spieße,
Statt aller unsrer Schilde;
Denn wider Weibesschönheit
Besteht nicht Stahl, nicht Feuer.


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To women", copyright © 2009
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Aux femmes", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2009-10-01
Line count: 14
Word count: 58

To women
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Nature gave steers horns;
She gave horses hooves,
The hares swift feet,
The lions wide jaws;
To the fish she gave fins,
and wings to the birds;
To men, to men, however, she gave wisdom.
To men! ... not to women?
What did she give to them?
Beauty, beauty.
Instead of all our spears,
Instead of all our shields --
For against the beauty of women
Neither steel nor fire can triumph.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-10-01
Line count: 14
Word count: 71