by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Erschaffen und Beleben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FIN FRE FRL ITA
Hans Adam war ein Erdenkloß
Den Gott zum Menschen machte,
Doch bracht er aus der Mutter Schoß
Noch vieles Ungeschlachte.

Die Elohim zur Nas hinein
Den besten Geist ihm bliesen,
Nun schien er schon was mehr zu sein,
Denn er fing an zu niesen.

Doch mit Gebien und Glied und Kopf
Blieb er ein halber Klumpen,
Bis endlich Noah für den Tropf
Das Wahre fand, den Humpen.

Der Klumpe fühlt sogleich den Schwung,
Sobald er sich benetzet,
So wie der Teig durch Säuerung
Sich in Bewegung setzet.

So, Hafis, mag dein holder Sang,
Dein heiliges Exempel
Uns führen, bei der Gläser Klang,
Zu unsres Schöpfers Tempel.

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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) (Salvador Pila) , "Crear i donar vida", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Scheppen en bezielen", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Creation and animation", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Luominen ja elämän eväät", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Création et animation", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRL Friulian (Ermes Culos) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Creare e dare vita", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Creare e dare vita
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Adamo era una zolla di terra,
che Dio trasformò in un uomo,
ma dal grembo di sua madre ereditò
più di un tratto imperfetto.

Gli Elohim, su per il naso,
gli insufflarono lo spirito migliore,
è così sembrò guadagnare qualcosa
perché incominciò a starnutire.

Ma anche con ossa, membra e testa
rimaneva sempre una mezza zolla,
finché Noè per quel sempliciotto
trovò il rimedio, un bel boccale.

La zolla iniziò subito a rianimarsi
non appena fu annaffiata,
come la pasta che col lievito
incomincia a gonfiare.

Possano così, Hafis, il tuo splendido canto,
e il tuo sacro esempio, 
condurci, mentre le coppe tintinnano,
al tempio del nostro Creatore.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2013 by Ferdinando Albeggiani, (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: 2013-05-13 00:00:00
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