SOKRATES UND ALCIBIADES SOCRATES & ALCIBIADES
Friedrich Hölderlin tr. Brian Cole
"Warum huldigest du, heiliger Sokrates,
..........Diesem Jünglinge stets? kennest du Grössers nicht?
....................Warum siehet mit Liebe,
..............................Wie auf Götter, dein Aug' auf ihn?"

Wer das Tiefste gedacht, liebt das Lebendigste,
..........Hohe Jugend versteht, wer in die Welt geblikt,
....................Und es neigen die Weisen
..............................Oft am Ende zu Schönem sich.
"Why, holy Socrates, do you always pay homage
..........to this young man? Do you know no greater?
....................Why does your eye gaze
..............................on him with love, as on Gods?"

Who's thought most deeply, his love's the most lively;
..........who has studied the world understands noble youth
....................and often the wise man
..............................finally bows to the beautiful.

Trans. Copyright © Brian Cole 2004


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