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Fühlt meine Seele das ersehnte Licht

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Italian (Italiano)

Fühlt meine Seele das ersehnte Licht
Von Gott, der sie erschuf? Ist es der Strahl
Von andrer Schönheit aus dem Jammertal,
Der in mein Herz Erinnrung weckend bricht?

Ist es ein Klang, ein Traumgesicht,
Das Aug und Herz mir füllt mit einem Mal
In unbegreiflich glüh'nder Qual,
Die mich zu Tränen bringt? Ich weiß es nicht.

Was ich ersehne, fühle, was mich lenkt,
Ist nicht in mir: sag mir, wie ich's erwerbe?
Mir zeigt es wohl nur eines Andren Huld;

Darein bin ich, seit ich dich sah, versenkt.
Mich treibt ein Ja und Nein, ein Süß und Herbe -
Daran sind, [Herrin]1, deine Augen Schuld.

Translation(s): ENG FRE SPA

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1 in the original text by Michelangelo, this is a male (signor)

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Sophie Hasenclever) , title unknown, from Michelangelo: Gedichte und Briefe, published 1907
  • ENG English (Knut W. Barde) , title 1: "Is my soul feeling the longed for light", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Gerardo Garciacano Hinojosa) (Simone von Büren) , title unknown, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59
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Est‑ce que mon âme ressent la lumière...

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Est-ce que mon âme ressent la lumière tant attendue
De Dieu qui l'a créée ? Est-ce l'éclat
D'une autre beauté de la vallée de larmes,
Qui dans mon cœur brise la mémoire qui s'éveille.

Est-ce un son, une vision de rêve,
Que mon œil et mon cœur ressentent tout d'un coup,
Dans une douleur brûlante incompréhensible,
Qui me poussent aux larmes ? je ne sais pas.

Ce que je désire, ressens, ce qui me guide,
N'est pas en moi ; dis-moi comment l'acquérir ?
Cela révèle en moi seulement une autre grâce ;

J'en suis prisonnier, depuis que je t'ai vue.
Je suis mené par un oui et un non, le doux ou l'amer
Qui sont, maîtresse, la volonté de tes yeux.

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Text added to the website: 2014-10-03.
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