by Heinrich Stieglitz (1801 - 1849)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Meleks Wanderlied
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
    Weit, wohin das Auge schweifet,
Rings der Wüste Ocean,
Tief im Herzen meine Liebe
Zieh' ich einsam meine Bahn.
    Lebtest du noch, mein Motammed,
Nahe wärst du meinem Zug,
Und die Eltern und die Schwester
Dächten freudig unsern Flug.
    Nun! ich muß mir selbst genügen,
Schwert und Liebe meine Welt,
Und du lichtdurchglühte Bläue
Bist fortan mein Heimathzelt.
    Das ist Freude, das ist Leben,
Wenn die weite Leere schweigt,
Und der freien Brust des Wandrers
Sich der ferne Himmel neigt! --

Confirmed with Bilder des Orients von Heinrich Stieglitz, Erster Band, I. Arabien, Leipzig, bei Carl Cnobloch, 1831, pages 67-68.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Melek's wandering song", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Melek's wandering song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
    Far away whither my eye roves,
Round about me the ocean of desert,
With my love deep within my heart,
Solitary, I travel my road.
    If you were still alive, my Motammed,
You would be close to my journeying,
And my parents and my sister
Would ponder our flight happily.
    Now! I must be self-sufficient,
Sword and love my world,
And you, light-suffused, glowing blueness
Are from now on my home-tent.
    That is joy, that is life,
When the great emptiness falls silent,
And the distant heavens bow down
To the free breast of the wanderer! --


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