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Wenn ich einst das Ziel errungen habe

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn ich einst das Ziel errungen habe,
In den Lichtgefilden jener Welt,
Heil! der Thräne dann an meinem Grabe,
Die auf hingestreute Rosen fällt.

Sehnsuchtsvoll, mit [hoher]1 Ahnungswonne,
Ruhig, wie der mondbeglänzte Hain,
Lächelnd, wie beim Niedergang die Sonne,
Harr' ich, göttliche Vollendung, dein!

Eil', o eile mich empor zu flügeln,
Wo sich unter mir die Welten drehn,
Wo im Lebensquell sich Palmen spiegeln,
Wo die Liebenden sich wiedersehn!

Sklavenketten sind der Erde Leiden;
[Oefters, ach! zerreißt]2 sie nur der Tod!
Blumenkränzen gleichen ihre Freuden,
Die ein Westhauch zu entblättern droht!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-3

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, page 66; and with Gedichte von Friedrich Matthisson. Mannheim in der neuen Hof- und akademischen Buchhandlung. 1787, pages 12-13.

First published in Poetische Blumenlese auf das Jahr 1786. Göttingen, bey Joh. Christian Dieterich, page 218, with an additional stanza between stanzas 1 and 2; see below.

1 Schubert: "banger"
2 Matthisson (Mannheim 1787 edition): "Oft, ach, öfters bricht"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Voleinding", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Accomplissement", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Quand un jour j'atteindrai mon but
Dans les champs lumineux de l'autre monde,
Alors je saluerai les larmes qui sur ma tombe
Tomberont sur les roses éparpillées.

Plein de nostalgie, avec un pressentiment joyeux et anxieux,
Calme comme le bosquet à la lumière de la lune,
Souriant, comme le soleil à son coucher,
Je t'attendrai, accomplissement divin !

Hâte-toi, hâte-toi de m'emporter en haut,
Là où les mondes tournent au-dessous de moi,
Où les palmiers se reflètent dans la source de la vie,
Où les amants soupirent à nouveau.

Les chaînes de l'esclavage sont une souffrance sur terre,
Souvent, hélas ! le plus souvent seule la mort les brise !
Vos joies sont comme des couronnes de fleurs
Que le souffle de l'ouest menace d'effeuiller !

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