by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Warum huldigest du, heiliger Sokrates
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
"Warum huldigest du, heiliger Sokrates,
  Diesem Jünglinge stets? [Kennest]1 du Größers nicht,
    Warum siehet mit Liebe,
      Wie auf Götter, dein Aug' auf ihn?"

Wer das Tiefste gedacht, liebt das Lebendigste,
  Hohe Tugend versteht, wer in die Welt geblickt,
    Und es neigen die Weisen
      Oft am Ende zu Schönem sich.

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1 Britten: "Kennst"

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Socrates and Alcibiades", copyright ©
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Sòcrates i Alcibíades", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Socrate et Alcibiade", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:33
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Sòcrates i Alcibíades
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Per què tu, venerable Sòcrates, galanteges sempre
amb aquest jove? No coneixes res més important?
Per què els teus ulls l'esguarden amb amor,
com si miressis els déus?

Aquell que ha pensat en el més profund, estima el que és ple de vida,
el que ha vist el món, copsa la virtut sublim
i sovint els savis, al final,
tendeixen envers allò que és bell.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2011 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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Text added to the website: 2011-11-10 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:41
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Word count: 65