by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Genialisch treiben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
So wälz ich ohne Unterlaß,
Wie Sankt Diogenes, mein Faß.
Bald ist es Ernst, bald ist es Spaß;
Bald ist es Lieb, bald ist es Haß;
Bald ist es dies, bald ist es das;
Es ist ein Nichts, und ist ein Was.
So wälz ich ohne Unterlaß,
Wie Sankt Diogenes, mein Faß.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Tasca de geni", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Task of genius", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Occupation de génie", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Geniale darsi da fare", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 52

Tasca de geni
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Així faig rodolar sense parar
com sant Diògenes, el meu tonell.
Adés seriosament, adés per divertir-me,
adés amb amor, adés amb odi,
adés és això, adés és allò,
no és res i és alguna cosa.
Així faig rodolar sense parar
com sant Diògenes, el meu tonell.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2021 by Salvador Pila, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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This text was added to the website: 2021-06-01
Line count: 8
Word count: 46