by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE ITA SAN
O Mensch! Gib Acht!
Was spricht, die tiefe Mitternacht?
„Ich schlief, ich schlief --,
„Aus tiefem Traum bin ich erwacht: --
„Die Welt ist tief,
„Und tiefer als der Tag gedacht.
„Tief ist ihr Weh -,
„Lust - tiefer noch als Herzeleid:
„Weh spricht: Vergeh! 
„Doch alle Lust will Ewigkeit -,
„-- will tiefe, tiefe Ewigkeit!“

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Confirmed with Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Also sprach Zarathustra: ein Buch für Alle und Keinen, Volume 3, Chemnitz, Verlag von Ernst Schmeitzner, 1884, pages 111-112.

1 omitted by Mahler, Foss.


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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas Common) , no title
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "O uomo! Attento ascolta!", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SAN Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) (Holger Christian Teipel-Jahr) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Holger Christian Teipel-Jahr

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 23
Word count: 68

Oh home! Tingues cura!
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh home! Tingues cura!
Què diu, la mitjanit profunda?
"Jo dormia, jo dormia -,
m'he despertat d'un profund somni:
profund és el món,
i més profund encara que el dia havia imaginat.
Profund és el seu dolor -,
Voluptat, més profunda encara que la pena del cor:
la pena parla i diu: passa!
Però tota voluptat vol eternitat -,
- vol profunda, profunda eternitat!"

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Title for Mahler's symphony: "Cançó de mitjanit de Zoroastre"


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This text was added to the website: 2010-02-25
Line count: 23
Word count: 88