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I am restless. I am athirst for far‑away...

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

I am restless.  I am athirst for far-away things.
My soul goes out in a longing 
to touch the skirt of the dim distance.
O Great Beyond, O the keen call of thy flute!
I forget, I ever forget, 
that I have no wings to fly, 
that I am bound in this spot 
evermore.

I am eager and wakeful, 
I am a stranger in a strange land.
Thy breath comes to me 
whispering an impossible hope.
Thy tongue is known to my heart 
as its very own.
O Far-to-seek, O the keen call of thy flute!
I forget, I ever forget, 
that I know not the way, 
that I have not the winged horse.

I am listless, I am a wanderer in my heart.
In the sunny haze of the languid hours, 
what vast vision of thine takes shape 
in the blue of the sky!
O Farthest end, O the keen call of thy flute!
I forget, I ever forget,
that the gates are shut everywhere in the house 
where I dwell alone!


Translation(s): FRE GER GER

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Rastlos bin ich", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Je suis inquiet", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2004-01-17.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:03
Line count: 26
Word count: 173

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Ich bin friedlos, ich bin durstig nach...

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Ich bin friedlos, ich bin durstig nach fernen Dingen.
Meine Seele schweift in Sehnsucht,
Den Saum der dunklen Weite zu berühren.
O großes Jenseits, o ungestümes Rufen Deiner Flöte.
Ich vergesse, ich vergesse immer,
Daß ich keine Schwingen zum Fliegen habe,
Daß ich an dieses Stück Erde gefesselt bin
Für alle Zeit.

Ich bin voll Verlangen und wachsam,
Ich bin ein Fremder im fremden Land;
Dein Odem kommt zu mir
Und raunt mir unmögliche Hoffnungen zu.
Deine Sprache klingt meinem Herzen vertraut
Wie seine eig'ne.
O Ziel in Fernen, o ungestümes Rufen deiner Flöte.
Ich vergesse immer, ich vergesse,
Daß ich nicht den Weg weiß,
Daß ich das beschwingte Roß nicht habe.

Ich bin ruhlos, ich bin ein Wanderer in meinem Herzen.
Im sonnigen Nebel der zögernden Stunden
Welch gewaltiges Gesicht von dir wird Gestalt
In der Bläue des Himmels.
O fernstes Ende, o ungestümes Rufen deiner Flöte.
Ich vergesse, ich vergesse immer,
Daß die Türen überall verschlossen sind in dem Hause,
Wo ich einsam wohne.1


Translation(s): ITA

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1 Zemlinsky here repeats "O fernstes Ende, o ungestümes Rufen deiner Flöte."

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

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Non ho pace, sono assetato di cose lontane", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2003-10-20.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:57
Line count: 26
Word count: 166