Ihr wandelt droben im Licht
Language: German (Deutsch)
Ihr wandelt droben im Licht
Auf weichem Boden, selige Genien!
Rühren euch leicht,
Wie die Finger der Künstlerin
Schicksallos, wie der schlafende
Säugling, atmen die Himmlischen;
In bescheidener Knospe,
Ihnen der Geist,
Und die seligen Augen
Blicken in stiller
Doch uns ist gegeben,
Auf keiner Stätte zu ruh'n;
Es schwinden, es fallen
Die leidenden Menschen
Blindlings von einer
Stunde [zur]1 andern,
Wie Wasser von Klippe
Zu Klippe geworfen,
Jahrlang in's Ungewisse hinab.
Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA RUS
F. Cerha sets stanza 3
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Confirmed with Friedrich Hölderlin's Sämmtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Christoph Theodor Schwab, Erster Band: "Gedichte und Hyperion", Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1846, pages 122-123; note: the indentation shown above doesn't appear in this edition, but occurs in later editions.
Note: Hyperion is the title character of an unfinished novel in which
Hölderlin wrote about the Greek struggle for independence from the
1 Cerha: "zu"
Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897), "Hyperions Schicksalslied", alternate title: "Schicksalslied", op. 54 (1868), published 1872 [SATB chorus and orchestra], Berlin, Simrock [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Friedrich Cerha (b. 1926), "Doch uns ist gegeben", 1995, stanza 3, from Acht Sätze nach Hölderlin-Fragmenten, no. 2. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Wolfgang Fortner (1907 - 1987), "Hyperions Schicksalslied", 1933 [medium voice and piano], from Vier Gesänge nach Worten von Hölderlin, no. 2, Schott Music [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Josef Matthias Hauer (1883 - 1959), "Hyperions Schicksalslied", op. 6 (Fünf Lieder) no. 2 (1914). [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov (b. 1948), "Hyperions Schicksalslied", op. 31 no. 4, published 1980, first performed 1981 [voice and organ], from Schicksalslieder (Pesny sud'by), no. 4, also set in Russian (Русский) [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Walter Steffens (b. 1934), "Hyperions Schicksalslied", op. 95 no. 1 (2008). [voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Erich J. Wolff (1874 - 1913), "Hyperions Schicksalslied", op. 10 (Zwei Gesänge) no. 1, published 1907. [ sung text checked 1 time]
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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó del destí", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hyperions noodlotslied", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 1995
- ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Hyperion's Song of Fate", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Hyperion's Song of Fate", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canto del destino di Iperione", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Hyperion's Song of Fate
Language: English after the German (Deutsch)
You walk up there in the light
on soft ground, blessed spirits!
Gleaming, divine breezes
touch you lightly,
as a female musician's fingers touch
As fateless as a sleeping
infant, the Heavenly Ones breathe.
as in a modest bud,
and their blessed eyes
gaze in calm,
But it is our fate
to have no rest anywhere.
suffering human beings
go blindly from one
hour to the next
like water from cliff
to cliff, thrown
downward for years long into Uncertainty.
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843), "Hyperions Schicksalslied", written 1798, appears in Gedichte 1784-1800 CAT DUT ITA RUS FRE
- This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johannes Brahms, Friedrich Cerha, Wolfgang Fortner, Josef Matthias Hauer, Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov, Walter Steffens, Erich J. Wolff. Go to the text.
Text added to the website: 2004-05-26.
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