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Wo ich sei, und wo mich hingewendet

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wo ich sei, und wo mich hingewendet,
Als mein flücht'ger Schatte dir entschwebt?
Hab' ich nicht beschlossen und geendet,
Hab' ich nicht geliebet und gelebt?

Willst du nach den Nachtigallen fragen,
Die mit seelenvoller Melodie
Dich entzückten in des Lenzes Tagen?
Nur so lang sie liebten, waren sie.

Ob ich den Verlorenen gefunden?
Glaube mir, ich bin mit ihm vereint,
Wo sich nicht mehr trennt, was sich verbunden,
Dort wo keine Thräne wird geweint.

Dorten wirst auch du uns wieder finden,
Wenn dein Lieben unserm Lieben gleicht,
Dort ist auch der Vater frei von Sünden,
Den der blut'ge Mord nicht mehr erreicht.

Und er fühlt, daß ihn kein Wahn betrogen,
Als er aufwärts zu den Sternen sah,
Denn wie jeder wägt, wird ihm gewogen,
Wer es glaubt, dem ist das Heil'ge nah.

Wort gehalten wird in jenen Räumen 
Jedem schönen gläubigen Gefühl,
Wage du, zu irren und zu träumen,
Hoher Sinn liegt oft [in kind'schem]1 Spiel.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE FRE SWE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller, Zweiter Theil, Zweite, verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage, Leipzig, 1805, bei Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, pages 31-32.

1 Schubert (D.595, second version only): "im kind'schen"

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Camille Jordan (1771 - 1821) CAT DUT ENG SWE by Henri-Pierre Poupard, as Henri Sauguet.
  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CAT DUT ENG FRE FRE by Bernhard Henrik Crusell.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Thekla: de stem van een geest", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Thekla -- La voix d'un esprit", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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You ask where I am and where I went

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You ask where I am and where I went
When my fleeting shade disappeared.
Have I not concluded and come to an end,
Have I not loved and lived?

Do you want to ask about the nightingales
Who, with soulful melody,
Delighted you in the days of spring?
As long as they loved, they existed.

Did I find him who was lost?
Believe me, I am united with him,
There where there is no parting of those who are bound together,
There, where no tears are shed.

That is where you too will find us again,
When your love is like our love;
Father is there too, free of sin,
Where bloody murder can no longer reach him.

And he feels that he was not misled by any delusion
When he looked up to the stars,
For as he judges so is he judged.
To those who believe this, the sacred is close.

In those spaces there will be fulfilment of
Each beautiful, faithful feeling.
Dare to stray and to dream.
There is often a high meaning in childish play.

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Translation of title "Thekla: Eine Geisterstimme" = "Thekla: the voice of a spirit"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Malcolm Wren, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805), "Thekla", subtitle: "Eine Geisterstimme", written 1802 CAT DUT FRE FRE SWE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Peter Schubert, Johann Xaver Sterkel, August Heinrich von Weyrauch. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-09-11.
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