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Sausewind, Brausewind

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sausewind, Brausewind,
Dort und hier!
Deine Heimat sage mir!
"Kindlein, wir fahren
Seit viel vielen Jahren
Durch die [weit weite]1 Welt,
Und möchten's erfragen,
Die Antwort erjagen,
Bei den Bergen, den Meeren,
Bei des Himmels klingenden Heeren:
Die wissen es nie.
Bist du klüger als sie,
Magst du es sagen.
-- Fort, wohlauf!
Halt uns nicht auf!
Kommen andre nach, unsre Brüder,
Da frag wieder!"
Halt an! Gemach,
Eine kleine Frist!
Sagt, wo der Liebe Heimat ist,
Ihr Anfang, ihr Ende?
"Wer's nennen könnte!
Schelmisches Kind,
Lieb' ist [wie]1 Wind,
Rasch und lebendig,
Ruhet nie,
Ewig ist sie,
Aber nicht immer beständig.
-- [Fort! Wohlauf! auf!
Halt uns nicht auf!
Fort über Stoppel und Wälder und Wiesen!]1
Wenn ich dein Schätzchen seh',
Will ich es grüßen.
Kindlein, ade!"

Translation(s): ENG FRE FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Eduard Mörike, Gedichte Dramatisches Erzählendes, Stuttgart: J.G. Cotta’sche Buchhandlung Nachf., 1961, pages 60-61

1 omitted by Ostrzyga.

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant du vent", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canto del vento", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Rushing wind, roaring wind

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Rushing wind, roaring wind
There and here!
Tell me where is your homeland!
"Little child, we’ve been travelling
For many, many years already
Through the [wide, wide]1 world,
And want to ask [about our homeland],
Want to hunt down the answer
From the mountains, the oceans,
From the ringing hosts of heaven:
They never know.
If you are more clever than they,
Then you may tell us.
-- Away, we’re off!
Do not detain us!
When others come after us, our brethren,
Then ask again!"
Stop! Take your leisure
For a moment!
Tell me, where is the homeland of love,
Its beginning, its end?
"Who could tell that!
Mischievous child!"
Love is [like the]1 wind,
Quick and lively,
Never resting,
It is eternal,
But not always constant.
-- [Away, we’re off!
Do not detain us!
Away over stubble and forests and meadows!]1
When I see your darling,
I shall greet him.
Child, adieu!"

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Translated titles:
"Lied vom Winde" = "Song of Wind"
"Sausewind, Brausewind" = "Rushing wind, roaring wind"

1 omitted by Ostrzyga.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875), "Lied vom Winde" FRE FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Bertha von Brukenthal, Hugo Distler, Victor Fenigstein, Alban Förster, Alfred Valentin Heuß, Fritz Kauffmann, Günter Klinzing, Michael Ostrzyga, Walter Rabl, Wilhelm Albert Rischbieter, Friedrich Roesch, Fritz Schieri, Manfred Schlenker, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.


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