by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Sieh nicht, was andre tun
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Sieh nicht, was andre tun,
der andern sind so viel,
du kommst nur in ein Spiel,
das nimmermehr wird ruhn.

Geh einfach Gottes Pfad,
laß nichts sonst Führer sein,
so gehst du recht und grad,
und gingst du ganz allein.

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Confirmed with Christian Morgenstern, Wir fanden einen Pfad. Gedichte, München: R. Piper & Co Verlag, 1966, page 24


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This text was added to the website: 2004-11-30
Line count: 8
Word count: 40

Ne regarde pas ce que font les autres
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ne regarde pas ce que font les autres,
les autres sont si nombreux,
tu entres juste dans un jeu
qui ne s'apaisera jamais plus.

Va simplement sur le chemin de Dieu,
ne te permets pas d'autre guide,
ainsi tu iras bien et droit,
et tu iras tout seul.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Pierre Mathé, (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: 2011-08-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 48