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

Genialisch treiben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): 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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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):

  • 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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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
Line count: 8
Word count: 52

Task of genius
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 So do I roll, without pause,
 like Saint Diogenes, my barrel.
 Now in earnest, now in jest;
 now in love, now in hate;
 now it is this, now it is that -
 it is a Nothing, and it is a Something.
 So do I roll, without pause,
 like Saint Diogenes, my barrel.

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

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    from the LiederNet Archive -- https://www.lieder.net/

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
Line count: 8
Word count: 53