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Language: German (Deutsch)

Etwas wünschen und verlangen,
  Etwas hoffen muß das Herz,
  Etwas zu verlieren bangen,
  Und um etwas fühlen Schmerz.
Deine Lust und deine Wonne 
  Mußt du an was immer sehn, 
  Soll vergeblich Mond und Sonne
  Nicht an dir vorübergehn.
Gleich von unbegränztem Sehnen
  Wie entfernt von träger Ruh,
  Müsse sich mein Leben dehnen
  Wie ein Strom dem Meere zu.

Translation(s): ENG

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Z. Fibich sets lines 1-4

p>Confirmed with Friedrich Rückert’s Gedichte, Auswahl des Verfassers, Frankfurt am Main: Druck und Verlag von Johan David Sauerländer, 1841, pages 557-558

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and 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) , "Wish", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-08-08.
Last modified: 2017-11-19 11:31:47
Line count: 12
Word count: 58

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The heart must wish and yearn for something,
  Must hope for something,
  Must be anxious about losing something,
  And must feel pain about something.
Your joy and your bliss
  You must find wherever,
  The moon and the sun
  Must not pass by you in vain.
Equally far removed from unbounded yearning
  As from indolent rest,
  My life must expand
  Like a river toward to the sea.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866), "Wunsch"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-11-19.
Last modified: 2017-11-19 18:42:13
Line count: 12
Word count: 66