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Wie der Wächter in den Weingeländen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie der Wächter in den Weingeländen
seine Hütte hat und wacht,
bin ich Hütte, Herr, in deinen Händen
und bin Nacht, o Herr, von deiner Nacht.

Weinberg, Weide, alter Apfelgarten,
Acker, der kein Frühjahr überschlägt,
Feigenbaum, der auch im marmorharten
Grunde hundert Früchte trägt:

Duft geht aus aus deinen runden Zweigen.
Und du fragst nicht, ob ich wachsam sei;
furchtlos, aufgelöst in Säften, steigen
deine Tiefen still an mir vorbei.

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Walter A. Aue) , title 1: "Like the warden in the vineyard", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Come il guardiano che in mezzo alla vigna", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Comme le gardien dans les vignobles", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-03-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:38
Line count: 12
Word count: 70

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Like the warden in the vineyard

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Like the vineyard's warden, overseeing
from his little hut the fertile site,
I am hut, oh Lord, inside your being;
I am night, oh Lord, inside your night.

Vineyard, pasture, ancient orchard, gardened
acre that has never missed a spring;
tree of figs, which out of marble-hardened
ground a thousand figs will bring:

From your branches you keep perfume spending
and you ask not for my watchful eye;
fearless in the tree saps are ascending
your dissolvèd depths that pass me by.

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Text added to the website: 2008-10-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:58
Line count: 12
Word count: 82