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Eilende Wellen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Eilende Wellen
[Spielen]1 im Licht,
Wenn sie zerschellen,
Achten sie's nicht!
Sterne da schweifen
Viel tausend im Fluß;
Gleich wieder greifen
Sie einen zum Kuß!2
In [Scherzen und Schmerzen]3,
Spielen mir so
Die Lieder im Herzen
Unwandelbar froh.
Ist eines verklungen,
Ich denk' ihm nicht nach,
Kommt wieder gesprungen
Ein anderes [jach]4.
Und fängt einen Funken
Vom Lichte geschwind,
Worin mir so trunken
Das Leben [entrinnt]5.
[Vom]6 Lichte der Liebe
Voll himmlischer Ruh',
O selig Getriebe,
So treibe nur zu!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Christian Reinhold Köstlin’s poetry manuscripts, Z 4131, poem 96, Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach, Germany. Dated August 11 [1841].

1 Lang: "Spielend"
2 Lang has two variants when she repeats the text: “viel tausend zum Kuss" and "gleich wieder greifen sie wieder zum Kuss"
3 Lang: "Schmerzen und Scherzen"
4 Lang: "nach"
5 Lang: "verrinnt"
6 Lang: "Im"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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