by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

This is thy hour, O Soul, thy free...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE GER
This is thy hour, O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best,
Night, sleep, death, and the stars.

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Portions of this text were used in Idyll by Frederick Delius.


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:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Léon Bazalgette (1873 - 1928) ; composed by Eva Ruth Spalding.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , no title ; composed by Willy Burkhard.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Paul Hindemith.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 4
Word count: 42

Aquesta és la teva hora, oh ànima, el...
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the English 
Aquesta és la teva hora, oh ànima, el teu vol lliure vers l’espai sense paraules,
lluny dels llibres, lluny de l’art, el dia esborrat, la lliçó apresa,
tu, enterament emergint endavant, en silenci, mirant fixament , ponderant
els temes que més estimes,
la nit, el somni, la mort i les estrelles.

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Translation of title "A clear midnight" = "Una clara mitjanit"


  • Translation from English to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2016 by Salvador Pila, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-02-11
Line count: 5
Word count: 51