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Language: German (Deutsch)

Du schweigst und duldest, und sie versteh'n dich nicht,
  Du heilig Leben! welkest hinweg und schweigst
    Denn ach! vergebens bei Barbaren
      Suchst du die Deinen im Sonnenlichte,

Die zärtlichgroßen Seelen, die nimmer sind!
  Doch eilt die Zeit. Noch siehet mein sterblich Lied
    Den Tag, der, Diotima! nächst den
      Göttern mit Helden dich nennt, und dir gleicht.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Friedrich Hölderlin, Sämtliche Gedichte und Hyperion, Frankfurt am Main: Insel Verlag, 1999, page 197.

Note: In Apostel’s op. 9, this song is followed by an orchestral "Interludium".

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)

Set in a modified version by Franz Alfons Wolpert.

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Diotima", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2018-11-07.
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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You are silent and suffer, and they do not understand you,
  You holy life! you wilt away and remain silent
    For ah! among barbarians you seek in vain
      For your own in the sunlight,

The tenderly great souls that are no more!
  But time hastens. My mortal song still sees
    The day, Diotima! that calls your name next to the gods
      Along with the names of heroes, and which is like you.

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