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Was weht um meine Schläfe

Language: German (Deutsch)

Was weht um meine Schläfe 
Wie laue Frühlingsluft, 
Was spielt um meine Wangen
Wie süßer Rosenduft?
Es ist dein holder Gedanke, 
Der tröstend mich umspielt,
Es ist dein stilles Sehnen, 
Was meine Schläfe kühlt!

Und was wie Harfenklänge
Um meine Sinne schwirrt,
Mein Name ist's, der leise 
Von deinen Lippen irrt.

Ich fühle deine Nähe! 
Es ist dein Wunsch, dein Geist,
Der mich aus weiter Ferne 
An deinen Busen reißt.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Geesten elkaar nabij", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Spirits around", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Esprit proche", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:31
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Word count: 70

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Spirits around

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

What is it that wafts around my temple 
like a mild breeze in spring,
what plays about my cheeks 
like sweet scent of roses?

It is your graceful thought 
that plays about me  giving comfort,
it is your silent yearning 
that cools my temple!

And that which whirrs through my senses 
like sounds of a harp,
it is my name, which softly 
wanders from your lips.

I feel you near! 
It is your desire, your spirit
that pulls me from 
far away to your bosom.

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Text added to the website: 2005-01-08.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:11
Line count: 16
Word count: 85