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Allein, nachdenklich, wie gelähmt vom...

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

Allein, nachdenklich, wie gelähmt vom Krampfe,
Durchmess' ich öde Felder, schleichend träge,
Und wend' umher den Blick, zu fliehn die [Stege]1,
Wo eine Menschenspur den Sand nur stampfe.

Nicht andre Schutzwehr find' ich mir im Kampfe
Vor dem Erspähn des Volks in alle Wege,
Weil man im Thun, wo keine Freude rege,
Von außen lieset, wie ich innen dampfe.

So daß ich glaube jetzt, Berg und Gefilde,
Und Fluß und Waldung weiß, aus welchen Stoffen
Mein Leben sey, das sich verhehlt jedweden.

Doch find' ich nicht so rauhe Weg' und wilde,
Daß nicht der Liebesgott mich stets getroffen,
Und führt mit mir, und ich mit ihm dann Reden.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Blumensträusse italiänischer, spanischer und portugiesischer Poesie von August Wilhelm Schlegel. Berlin. In der Realschulbuchhandlung. 1804, page 22.

1 Schubert: "Wege"

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-07.
Last modified: 2017-09-27 10:28:20
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Seul, pensif, comme paralysé de crampes

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Seul, pensif, comme paralysé de crampes,
Je mesure les champs déserts, me faufilant lentement,
Et tournant mes regards pour éviter les chemins
Où une trace humaine marque seulement le sable.
Aucune autre défense je ne trouve dans la lutte
Contre les gens qui épient dans tous les chemins,
Car dans mes actions où il n'y a aucune joie
On lit de dehors comment je suis troublé à l'intérieur.
De sorte que je crois maintenant que la montagne et les champs
Et la rivière et la forêt savent, de quelle matière
Ma vie est faite, que je garde cachée de tous.
Pourtant je ne trouve pas de chemin assez cahoteux et sauvage
Que le dieu de l'amour ne me rencontre,
Et n'avance avec moi et que je parle avec lui.

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Text added to the website: 2010-02-18.
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