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Was bedeutet die Bewegung?

Language: German (Deutsch)

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.)

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

What betokens this soft movement?
Brings the east-wind joyous tiding?
The fresh motion of its stirring
Cools my heart's abyssal hurting.

Tenderly it plays with dust motes,
Drives them up in sheer small clouds,
Herds them to the safe vine arbor
The insects' joyful little tribe

Eases gently the sun's glowing
Cools as well my ardent cheeks
Kisses grapevines, while still fleeing,
Which grow grandly on field and hill.

And to me its quiet whispers
Bring, from my friend, thousand greetings;
Still before these hillsides darken
Surely greet me thousand kisses.

And thus you can go further!
Serving friends and those despondent.
There, where high stone walls do glimmer
I will soon find my beloved.

Oh, the heart's true information,
Breath of ardor, life refreshed
Becomes mine only from his mouth,
Only his breath can provide me.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) misattributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) CAT DUT FRE ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Bettina von Arnim, Heinrich Bellermann, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Franz Peter Schubert, Artur Seemann. Go to the text.
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Marianne von Willemer (1784 - 1860), title 1: "Suleika", title 2: "Ostwind", written 1815, first published 1819 CAT DUT FRE ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Bettina von Arnim, Heinrich Bellermann, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Franz Peter Schubert, Artur Seemann. Go to the text.


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