sometimes misattributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) and by Marianne von Willemer (1784 - 1860)
Translation © by Richard Morris

Was bedeutet die Bewegung?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA SPA
Was bedeutet die Bewegung?
Bringt der [Ost mir]1 frohe Kunde?
Seiner Schwingen [frische]2 Regung
Kühlt des Herzens tiefe Wunde.

Kosend spielt er mit dem Staube,
Jagt ihn auf in leichten Wölkchen,
Treibt zur sichern [Rebenlaube]3
Der Insecten frohes Völkchen.

Lindert sanft der Sonne [Glühen]4,
Kühlt auch mir die heißen Wangen,
Küßt die Reben noch im [Fliehen]5,
Die [auf Feld]6 und Hügel prangen.

Und [mir bringt]7 sein leises Flüstern
Von dem Freunde [tausend Grüße]8;
Eh noch diese Hügel düstern
[Grüßen mich wohl tausend Küsse]9.

Und [so kannst du weiter ziehen!]10
Diene [Freunden]11 und Betrübten.
Dort wo hohe Mauern glühen,
[Find' ich bald]12 den Vielgeliebten.

Ach, die wahre Herzenskunde,
Liebeshauch, [erfrischtes]13 Leben
Wird mir nur aus seinem Munde,
Kann mir nur sein Athem14 geben.

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Fünfter Band. Unter des durchlauchtigsten deutschen Bundes schützenden Privilegien. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, pages 180-181; and with West-oestlicher Divan. von Goethe. Stuttgard, in der Cottaischen Buchhandlung 1819, pages 161-162.

Note: Marianne von Willemer's poem Ostwind was published anonymously with the title Suleika as part of Goethe's West-östlicher Divan, Buch Suleika - Suleika Nameh, with a few textual revisions by Goethe.

1 Willemer's original poem: "Ostwind"
2 Arnim: "leise"
3 Arnim: "Rosenlaube"
4 Arnim: "Gluten"
5 Arnim: "Flug"
6 Arnim: "an Busch"
7 Willemer's original poem: "mich soll"
8 Willemer's original poem: "lieblich grüßen"
9 Willemer's original poem: "Sitz ich still zu seinen Füßen"
10 Willemer's original poem: "du magst nun weiterziehen,"
11 Willemer's original poem: "Frohen"
12 Willemer's original poem: "Finde ich"; Schubert: "Dort find' ich bald"
13 Arnim: "verklärtes"
14 modernized, this would be "Atem", but it should be left as "Athem" (an anagram of "Hatem", the beloved Suleika is singing about.)

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Suleika I: Wat betekent de beweging?", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Richard Morris) , "Suleika", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Daria Siekhaus) , "Suleika", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Suleika", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Questo agitarsi cosa vuol dire?", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (César Vallejo López) , "Suleika", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Suleika
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
What does the motion mean?
Does the East wind bring glad tidings?
The refreshing movement of its wings
Chills the heart's deep wound.

It plays gently with the dust,
Chasing it into light clouds.
And drives the happy insect people
to the security of the vine-leaves.

It softly tempers the sun's incandescence,
and chills my hot cheeks,
As it flees it kisses the vines
which are prominent on the fields and hills

And its soft whispering brings me
A thousand greetings from my friend
Before these hills dim,
I will be greeted by a thousand kisses.

So as you go on your way
And serve friends and the saddened.
There where high walls glow,
I shall soon find my dearly beloved.

Oh, the true message of his heart,
Loves-breath, refreshing life
Comes only from his mouth,
Can be given to me only by his breath.

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