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Ihr wandelt droben im Licht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ihr wandelt droben im Licht
  Auf weichem Boden, selige Genien!
    Glänzende Götterlüfte
      Rühren euch leicht,
        Wie die Finger der Künstlerin
          Heilige Saiten.

Schicksallos, wie der schlafende
  Säugling, atmen die Himmlischen;
    Keusch bewahrt
      In bescheidener Knospe,
        Blühet ewig
          Ihnen der Geist,
            Und die seligen Augen
              Blicken in stiller
                Ewiger Klarheit.

Doch uns ist gegeben,
  Auf keiner Stätte zu ruh'n;
    Es schwinden, es fallen
      Die leidenden Menschen
        Blindlings von einer
          Stunde [zur]1 andern,
            Wie Wasser von Klippe
              Zu Klippe geworfen,
                Jahrlang in's Ungewisse hinab.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA RUS

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F. Cerha sets stanza 3

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Confirmed with Friedrich Hölderlin's Sämmtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Christoph Theodor Schwab, Erster Band: "Gedichte und Hyperion", Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1846, pages 122-123; note: the indentation shown above doesn't appear in this edition, but occurs in later editions.

Note: Hyperion is the title character of an unfinished novel in which Hölderlin wrote about the Greek struggle for independence from the Turks.

1 Cerha: "zu"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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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:

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó del destí", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hyperions noodlotslied", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 1995
  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Hyperion's Song of Fate", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Hyperion's Song of Fate", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canto del destino di Iperione", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2018-08-12 13:24:41

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Word count: 82

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Hyperions noodlotslied

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Gij wandelt boven in 't licht
Op zachte bodem, zalige geesten!
Glinst'rende godenwinden
Raken u licht,
Als de vingers der harpspeelster
Heilige snaren.
 
Noodlotloos, als de slapende
Zuigeling, aad'men de heem'lingen;
Kuis bewaard in een nietige bloemknop
Bloeit voor eeuwig
Voor hen de Geest,
En hun zalige ogen
Schouwen in stille,
Eeuwige klaarte.
 
Doch ons is gegeven
Geen enkel plekje voor rust.
Ze wijken, ze vallen,
De lijdende mensen,
Blind'lings van 't ene
Tijdblok in 't and're,
Als water van rotsblok
Op rotsblok geworpen,
Eind'loos in 't Ongewisse omlaag.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843), "Hyperions Schicksalslied", written 1798, appears in Gedichte 1784-1800 CAT ENG ENG ENG ITA RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johannes Brahms, Friedrich Cerha, Wolfgang Fortner, Josef Matthias Hauer, Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov, Walter Steffens, Erich J. Wolff. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2011-08-06 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:30

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