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Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt

Language: German (Deutsch)

Antonius zur Predigt
Die Kirche findt ledig.
Er geht zu den Flüssen
und predigt den Fischen;

Sie schlagen mit den Schwänzen,
Im Sonnenschein glänzen.

Die Karpfen mit Rogen
Sind [allhier gezogen]1,
Haben d'Mäuler aufrissen,
Sich Zuhörens beflissen;

Kein Predigt niemalen
Den Karpfen so g'fallen.

Spitzgoschete Hechte,
Die immerzu fechten,
Sind eilend herschwommen,
Zu hören den Frommen;

[ Kein Predigt niemalen
Den Hechten so g'fallen.]2

Auch jene Phantasten,
Die immerzu fasten;
Die Stockfisch ich meine,
Zur Predigt erscheinen;

Kein Predigt niemalen
Den Stockfisch so g'fallen.

Gut Aale und Hausen,
Die vornehme schmausen,
Die selbst sich bequemen,
Die Predigt vernehmen:

[Kein Predigt niemalen
den Aalen so g'fallen.]2

Auch Krebse, Schildkroten,
Sonst langsame Boten,
Steigen eilig vom Grund,
Zu hören diesen Mund:

Kein Predigt niemalen
den Krebsen so g'fallen.

Fisch große, Fisch kleine,
Vornehm und gemeine,
Erheben die Köpfe
Wie verständge Geschöpfe:

Auf Gottes Begehren
Die Predigt anhören.

Die Predigt geendet,
Ein jeder sich wendet,
Die Hechte bleiben Diebe,
Die Aale viel lieben.

Die Predigt hat g'fallen.
Sie bleiben wie alle.

Die Krebs gehn zurücke,
Die Stockfisch bleiben dicke,
Die Karpfen viel fressen,
die Predigt vergessen.

Die Predigt hat g'fallen.
Sie bleiben wie alle.

Translation(s): FRE ENG SPA ITA POR HEB

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1 another version: "all' hierher zogen"
2 not set by Mahler

Submitted by Jakob Kellner


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):
    * FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le prêche de Saint Antoine de Padoue aux poissons", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "St. Anthony's Sermon to the Fishes", copyright ©
    * SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , title 1: "El sermón de San Antonio a los peces", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "La predica di Sant'Antonio ai pesci", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * POR Portuguese (Português) (Napoleão Laureano de Andrade) , title 1: "O Sermão de Santo Antônio de Pádua aos Peixes", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Ehud Shapiro) , title 1: "דרשת הדגים של אנטוניוס מפדואה ", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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St. Anthony's Sermon to the Fishes

Language: English

St. Anthony arrives for his Sermon
and finds the church empty.
He goes to the rivers
to preach to the fishes;

They flick their tails,
which glisten in the sunshine.

The carp with roe
have all come here,
their mouths wide open,
listening attentively.

No sermon ever 
pleased the carp so.

Sharp-mouthed pike
that are always fighting,
have come here, swimming hurriedly
to hear this pious one;

No sermon ever 
pleased the pike so.

Also, those fantastic creatures
that are always fasting -
the stockfish, I mean -
they also appeared for the sermon;

No sermon ever
pleased the stockfish so.

Good eels and sturgens,
that banquet so elegantly -
even they took the trouble
to hear the sermon:

No sermon ever
pleased the eels so.

Crabs too, and turtles,
usually such slowpokes,
rise quickly from the bottom,
to hear this voice.

No sermon ever
pleased the crabs so.

Big fish, little fish,
noble fish, common fish, 
all lift their heads 
like sentient creatures:

At God's behest
they listen to the sermon.

The sermon having ended,
each turns himself around;
the pikes remain thieves,
the eels, great lovers.

The sermon has pleased them,
but they remain the same as before.

The crabs still walk backwards,
the stockfish stay rotund,
the carps still stuff themselves,
the sermon is forgotten!

The sermon has pleased them,
but they remain the same as before.

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