by Erich Kurt Mühsam (1878 - 1934)
Translation © by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947)

Ich möchte Gott sein
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ich möchte Gott sein und Gebete hören
und meine Schutz versagen können
und Menschenherzen zunichte brennen
und Seelenopfer begehren.
Und möchte Erde, Welt und All vernichten
und Trümmerhaufen über Trümmer schichten.
Dann müßte ein Neues entstehn -
und das ließ ich wieder vergehn.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-12-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 43

I would be God and hear prayers
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I would be God and hear prayers
And be able to deny my protection
And burn to ruins men's hearts
And require the sacrifice of souls.
And exterminate land, world and all
And stack up rubble upon rubble.
Then could a new world rise --
And then I allow myself to pass away.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-12-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 52