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Erschaffen und Beleben (1922) Op. 87 no.2

Erschaffen und Beleben

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 Gebein 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.

Erschaffen und Beleben

Hans Adam was a lump of clay
That God made into man;
But he produced from Mother Earth
Much else that was uncouth.
Jehovah, via his nose,
Blew the best spirit in;
Now he seemed to make progress,
He began to sneeze.
Despite his head and bones and limbs,
He still remained half a lump,
Till Noah for the clot at last
Found the very thing—a tankard.
That brought life into the lump
As soon as he partook,
Just as dough, through leavening,
Is quickened into life.
So, Hafiz, may your sweet song
And your sacred example
Conduct us, as the glasses clink,
To our Creator’s temple.

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Richard Georg Strauss was a German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is particularly well-known for his operas, Lieder, and tone poems. 

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Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe served as a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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