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Mach mich zum Wächter deiner Weiten

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mach mich zum Wächter deiner Weiten,
Mach mich zum Horchenden am Stein,
Gib mir die Augen auszubreiten
Auf deiner Meere Einsamsein;
Laß mich der Flüsse Gang begleiten
Aus dem Geschrei zu beiden Seiten
Weit in den Klang der Nacht hinein.

Schick mich in deine leeren Länder,
Durch die die weiten Winde gehn,
Wo große Klöster wie Gewänder
Um ungelebte Leben stehn.
Dort will ich mich zu Pilgern halten,
Von ihren Stimmen und Gestalten
Durch keinen Trug mehr abgetrennt,
Und hinter einem blinden Alten
Des Weges gehn, den keiner kennt.

Translation(s): FRE ITA

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Submitted by Alberto Pedrotti


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):

  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Institue-moi gardien de tes vastitudes", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Fa' che delle tue vastità sia io il custode", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:47
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Fa' che delle tue vastità sia io il custode

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

Fa' che delle tue vastità sia io il custode
fa' che delle  tue rocce resti in ascolto
concedi che con il mio sguardo possa abbracciare
tutta  la solitudine del tuo mare;
lascia che segua dei tuoi fiumi il corso
lungo il fragore delle loro rive
e nell'eco sonante della notte resti poi immerso.

Mandami verso le tue terre deserte
che da larghi venti sono attraversate,
là dove chiostri immensi, simili a mantelli, 
serrano al loro interno vite mai vissute.
Là mi intratterrò coi pellegrini anch'io,
dalle voci e dai visi non più distolto
come avviene per i piccoli inganni consueti, 
e, seguendo i passi di un cieco vegliardo,
percorrerò sentieri a tutti ignoti.

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Text added to the website: 2013-06-07.
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