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Heiß glüht der Pfad; am frühen Tag

Language: German (Deutsch)

Heiß glüht der Pfad; am frühen Tag
War Melek schon zum Wege wach;
Nun zieht er lechzend im Mittagsbrand
Von Durst verfolgt durch den sengenden Sand.

Es heult die Hyäne, der Pardel brüllt,
Des Glutsands Strudel den Blick verhüllt: --
"Und trüg' ich's selbst auch länger noch,
Du treues Roß erlägst mir doch!"

Und höher der Wirbel [den Sand]1 aufwühlt,
Kein Labetrunk, kein Schatten kühlt;
Da blickt er zum Himmel, sein Auge fleht,
Die lechzende Lippe wird [Gebet]2 : --

"Der du die Gräser 
Tränkest mit Tau,
Der du in's Glutmeer starrenden Sandes 
Hast die Oase [gegossen]3,
Schenke Erquickung mir;
Wecker des Tags und der Nächte Hüter,
Nicht in dem Glutsand hier 
Laß mich verschmachten, des Lebens Gebieter!

"Horch! erfüllt nicht die Luft 
Wandernder Kata's Schaar? --
Ist er noch fern der Quell, 
Dem dürstend ihr entgegen zieht? --

"Auf, mit der Vögel Schwarm
Fliege, mein Roß! dort letzt 
Mit erquickender Kühlung
Uns der sprudelnde Labequell."

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Loewe: "den Staub"
2 Loewe: "zum Gebet"
3 Loewe: "hingegossen"

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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)

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

  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) (W. Kommer) , title 1: "Melek in the desert", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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