by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Gottes ist der Orient!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Gottes ist der Orient!
Gottes ist der Okzident!
Nord und südliches Gelände
Ruht im Frieden seiner Hände.

Er, der einzige Gerechte,
Will für jedermann das Rechte.
Sei von seinen hundert Namen
Dieser hochgelobet! Amen.

Mich verwirren will das Irren;
Doch du weißt mich zu entwirren,
Wenn ich handle, wenn ich dichte,
Gib du meinem Weg die Richte!

Ob ich Ird'sches denk' und sinne,
Das gereicht zu höherem Gewinne.
Mit dem Staube nicht der Geist zerstoben,
Dringet, in sich selbst gedrängt, nach oben.

Im Atemholen sind zweierlei Gnaden:
Die Luft einziehen, sich ihrer entladen:
Jenes bedrängt, dieses erfrischt;
So wunderbar ist dasLeben gemischt.
Du danke Gott, wenn er dich preßt,
Und dank ihm, wenn er dich wieder entläßt.

J. Loewe sets stanzas 1-3
R. Schumann sets stanzas 1-3 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
R. Schumann sets stanzas 1-3 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
B. Randhartinger sets stanzas 1-2

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "Talismà", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Talismannen", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Talismans", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Talisman", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Talismane", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
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Word count: 117

Talismans
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
God's is the Orient1!
God's is the Occident2!
Northern and southern lands
repose in the peace of His hands.

He, the only judge,
desires for everyone what is right.
Of each of his hundred names,
let this one be highly praised! Amen.

My errors bewilder me,
yet You know how to disentangle me from my confusion.
When I act, when I write poetry,
show me the right path!

Even though I ponder and meditate earthly things,
it stands me in higher stead.
The spirit that is not dispersed with the dust,
presses aloft, forced back into itself.

In breathing there are two Graces:
drawing in the air and exhaling it;
One constrains and the other refreshes;
So wondrously is Life mixed.
You thank God when He presses you
and thank Him when he once again releases you.

View original text (without footnotes)
1 The East.
2 The West.
Translation revised 11-12-09 with very helpful suggestions by Bertram Kottmann

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
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Word count: 137