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Ich war einmal so kinderkühl

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich war einmal so kinderkühl:
da traf mich alles wie ein Bangen.
Jetzt ist mir jede Angst vergangen,
nur diese wärmt mir noch die Wangen:
          ich fürchte mich vor dem Gefühl.

Es ist nicht mehr das Tal, darin ein Lied
wie schützend seine lichten Schwingen breitet, -
es ist ein Turm, der vor den Fluren flieht,
bis meine Sehnsucht hoch vom Saume sieht
und zitternd mit der fremden Stärke streitet,
die sie so selig von den Zinnen zieht.

Translation(s): ITA

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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):

  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "La freschezza infantile", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-02-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:09
Line count: 11
Word count: 78

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La freschezza infantile

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

La freschezza infantile mi apparteneva un tempo:
Ed ogni cosa mi suscitava emozione.
Adesso mi è passata ogni paura,
solo una cosa mi infiamma le guance ancora:
una cosa che temo, il sentimento.
Non è più la vallata, là dove un canto
Quasi a proteggermi spiegava le sue ali di luce, -
E' una torre, che in mezzo ai campi svetta, 
Che il mio desiderio già oltre l'orizzonte avvista 
E trema e lotta contro una potenza ignota
Che dall'alto dei merli a sé lo attira lieta.

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Text added to the website: 2009-03-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:10
Line count: 11
Word count: 86