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Sehnsucht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sturm, wer gab dir den Athem?
Welle, wer gab dir Flügel?
Und du Vöglein droben im schimmernden Blau,
Wer rief dich über die Hügel?
                     Ich weiß, ach ich weiß . . .
Es geht eine alte Melodie,
Die war mit der Menschheit geboren,
Jahrtausende starben, sie hat sich nie
Im Lärmen des Tages verloren:
     Sehnsucht, Sehnsucht,
     Treibende Macht!
     Gott, der in Fesseln
     Der Knechtschaft lacht,
     Zagenden heimlich die Schwingen lößt,
     Trunkne hinab in den Abgrund stößt,
     Sonne des Tages,
     Seele der Nacht --
     Sehnsucht, Sehnsucht,
     Treibende Macht!


Translation(s): DAN ENG FRE

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Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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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:

  • Also set in Danish (Dansk), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG FRE by Johan Backer-Lunde.

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

  • ENG English (Katrina Crage) , title 1: "Desire", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Désir", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2011-07-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:27
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Laengsel

Language: Danish (Dansk) after the German (Deutsch)

Storm, hvem gav dig din aande?
Bölge, hvem gav dig vinger?
Og du fuglen höit i det tindrende blå,
hvem kaldte dig over bjerget?
        Forvidst, jeg det ved.
Der gives en gammel melodi,
den gaves ved menneskets födsel,
aartusinder döde, den kunde
ei med dagenes livslarm gå under.
    Laengsel, laengsel, 
    Drivende magt!
    Guden, som ler trods 
    i laenker lagt,
    hemlig de nölende töilen gi'r,
    styrter de drukne i afgrund ned,
    dagenes solskin, 
    naetternes sjael
    laengsel, laengsel, 
    drivende magt!


Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Authorship


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Anna (Nuhn) Ritter (1865 - 1921), "Sehnsucht", appears in Vermischte Gedichte, no. 56 ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Alexander von Fielitz, Louise Pauline Marie Héritte-Viardot, Marie Charlotte Henriette von Kehler, Gustav Schaper, Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, M. von Wittich. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:47
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