Wer du auch seist
Language: German (Deutsch)
Wer du auch seist:
am Abend tritt hinaus
aus deiner Stube, drin du alles weißt;
als letztes vor der Ferne liegt dein Haus:
wer du auch seist.
Mit deinen Augen, welche müde kaum
von der verbrauchten Schwelle sich befrein,
hebst du ganz langsam einen schwarzen Baum
und stellst ihn vor den Himmel: schlank, allein.
Und hast die Welt gemacht. Und sie ist groß
und wie ein Wort, das noch im Schweigen reift.
Und wie dein Wille ihren Sinn begreift,
lassen sie deine Augen zärtlich los...
Translation(s): ENG 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)
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in English, a translation by Robert Bly (b. 1926) , copyright © FRE by Michael Alec Rose.
Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Walter A. Aue) , "Entry", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Entrée", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Text added to the website: 2008-05-19.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:43
Line count: 13
Word count: 85
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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)
Whoever you may be:
Leave well before the night
your room where but familars you see;
last leave your home, which bars the far from sight
whoever you may be.
Then use your eyes that, weak, can barely free
themselves from looking down your worn-off sill -
and raise, extremely slowly, an endarkened tree
all up the sky: alone and slim and still.
And you have made a world. And it is grand
and like a word that may in silence grow.
And as your will its mind shall understand,
your eyes, with slow caress, shall let it go...
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- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2008 by Walter A. Aue, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.
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Text added to the website: 2008-10-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:58
Line count: 13
Word count: 99