by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Translation by Friedrich Martin von Bodenstedt (1819 - 1892)

They that have power to hurt, and will...
Language: English 
They that have power to hurt, and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow;
They rightly do inherit heaven's graces,
And husband nature's riches from expense;
They are the lords and owners of their faces,
Others, but stewards of their excellence.
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself, it only live and die,
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
      For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
      Lilies that fester, smell far worse than weeds.

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Sonet 94
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Wer Macht zu schaden hat und es nicht thut,
Wer die Gewalt hat, doch ihr Wirken hemmt,
Wer, Andre rührend, selbst beherrscht sein Blut,
Kalt wie ein Stein bleibt, der Versuchung fremd:
Der ist des Himmels Liebling, und mit Recht,
Der zeigt den weisen Haushalt der Natur,
Wie sein Gesicht beherrscht er sein Geschlecht,
Die Andern dienen seiner Hoheit nur.
Des Sommers Blume ist des Sommers Zier,
Ob sie auch blüht und welkt für sich allein;
Doch, wenn sich Fäulniß offenbart in ihr,
Wird uns das ärmste Unkraut lieber sein:
  Denn nicht so grell verkehrt sich Duft und Wesen
  Bei Unkraut, als bei Lilien die verwesen.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-12-05
Line count: 14
Word count: 106