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Abbitte

Language: German (Deutsch)

Heilig Wesen! gestört hab' ich die goldene 
  Götterruhe dir oft, und der [geheimeren]1,
    [Tieferen]2 Schmerzen des Lebens
      Hast du manche gelernt von mir.

O vergiß es, vergib! gleich dem Gewölke dort
  Vor dem friedlichen Mond, geh' ich dahin, und du
    Ruhst und [glänzt]3 in deiner
      Schöne wieder, du süßes Licht!


Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE FRE

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Confirmed with Friedrich Hölderlin, Sämtliche Gedichte und Hyperion, Frankfurt am Main: Insel Verlag, 1999, page 198.

1 Pfitzner: "geheimen"
2 Apostel: "Teifern"
3 Apostel, Pfitzner: "glänzest"

Submitted by Jakob Kellner and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Authorship

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, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Bas Ammerlaan) , "Verontschuldiging", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Apology", copyright ©
  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Apology", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Excuse", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2018-11-07 10:13:33
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Word count: 50

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Apology

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Holy being! I have disturbed your golden,
divine rest often, and of the more secret,
deeper pains of life,
some you have learned from me.

O forget, forgive! Like that cloud
over the peaceful moon, I am going away,
and you remain and gleam in your
beauty again, you sweet Light!


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843), "Abbitte", written 1798, appears in Gedichte 1784-1800 DUT FRE FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hans Erich Apostel, Walter Braunfels, Michael Brough, Hans Fleischer, Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Wolfgang Fortner, Josef Matthias Hauer, Hermann Heiss, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Karl Weigl, Karl Wiener. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2004-05-26.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:06
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Word count: 51