Coverafbeelding Les Crane - Desiderata
  • Statistieken
  •   4 wkn Tipparade
  •   1972



Desiderata. Desiderata. Desiderata.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender,
Be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others -
Even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons - they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,
For always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career -
However humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is.
Many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially do not feign affection, neither be cynical about love.
For in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
It is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the council of the years,
Gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune,
But do not distress yourself with imaginings -
Many fears are borne of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe.
No less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be.
And whatever your labours and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
Keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be careful. Strive to be happy.


Lesley Stein was een radio-omroeper en presenteerde voor de televisie een showachtig praatprogramma. Hij was een pionier op het gebied van interactieve uitzendingen. Lesley scoorde in 1971 een hit met een opname van zijn declamatie van het gedicht Desiderata. Hij won hiermee een Grammy voor "Beste gesproken woord".

Max Ehrmann was een Amerikaans schrijver, dichter en advocaat. Hij is vooral bekend om zijn tekst uit 1927 met als titel "Desiderata" (Latijn voor 'gewenste dingen').
ArtiestLes Crane
Titel Desiderata
Lengte 04:37
Componist(en) Fred Werner
Producer(s) Les Crane
Titel [Gerard De Vries] Desiderata
Componist(en) Fred Werner, Gerard De Vries, J. Portengen, M. Ehrman
Platenlabel Warner Bros.
Catalogusnr 16142