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Du Geist der Wolke, trüb' und schwer

Language: German (Deutsch)

Du Geist der Wolke, trüb' und schwer,
Fliegst drohend über Land und Meer.
Dein grauer Schleier deckt im Nu
Des Himmels klares Auge zu,
Dein Nebel wallt herauf von fern
Und Nacht verhüllt der Liebe Stern:
Du Geist der Wolke, trüb' und feucht,
Was hast Du all' mein Glück verscheucht,
Was rufst Du Thränen ins Gesicht,
Und Schatten in der Seele Licht?
O wende, wende Deinen Lauf, --
Im Thale blüht der Frühling auf!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Adolf Böttger, Dritte vermehrte Auflage, Leipzig: Otto Klemm, 1847, page 7

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "You spirit of the cloud", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2015-07-27 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-07-07 01:50:20

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You spirit of the cloud

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You spirit of the cloud, dreary and grave,
You fly threateningly over land and sea.
In no time at all your grey veil covers
The clear gaze of the heavens,
Your fog rolls in from afar
And night shrouds the star of love:
You spirit of the cloud, dreary and damp,
Why have you driven away all my happiness,
Why do you call tears to my face,
And shadows into the soul’s light?
Oh, turn, turn your course, --
In the valley spring is blossoming!

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