by Johann Gabriel Seidl (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Widerspruch
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Wenn ich durch Busch und Zweig
Brech' auf beschränktem Steig:
Wird mir so weit, so frei,
Will mir das Herz entzwei.
Rings dann im Waldeshaus
Rücken die Wänd' hinaus,
Wölbt sich das Laubgemach
Hoch mir zum Schwindeldach,
Webt sich der Blätter schier
Jedes zur Schwinge mir,
Daß sich mein Herz, so weit,
Sehnt nach Unendlichkeit!

Doch wann [in weitem]1 Raum
Hoch am Gebirgessaum,
Ueber dem Thal' ich steh',
Nieder zum Thale seh'
Ach! wie beschränkt, wie eng
Wird mir's im Luftgedräng;
Rings auf mein Haupt, so schwer,
Nicken die Wolken her,
Niederzustürzen droht
Rings mir das Abendroth,
Und in ein Kämmerlein
Sehnt sich mein Herz hinein!

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Confirmed with Joh. Gabr. Seidl's Dichtungen. Erster Theil. Balladen, Romanzen, Sagen und Lieder, von Johann Gabriel Seidl. Wien. Druck und Verlag von J. P. Sollinger. 1826, pages 191-192; and with Joh. Gabr. Seidl's gesammelte Schriften. Mit einer Einleitung von Julius von der Traun. Herausgegeben von Hans Max. Erster Band. Wien, 1877. Wilhelm Braumüller k.k. Hof- und Universitätsbuchdrucker, pages 179-180.

1 Schubert: "im weiten"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Contradicció", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Tegenstrijdigheid", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Contradiction", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Contradiction", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 106

Contradiction
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When through bush and branch
I strike out for the narrow climb,
it becomes so wide for me - so free -
that my heart nearly bursts in two.
Around this forest house then
the walls recede
and a leafy chamber arches 
high above me, a roof of dizzying height.
Nearly every leaf is interwoven
into a wing for me,
so that my heart 
yearns deeply for infinity.

Yet when in wide spaces
high on the mountain edge,
over the valley I stand
and gaze toward it.
Oh, how restricted, how narrow,
it becomes for me in the oppressive air;
Around my head so heavy
the clouds nod down;
Threatening to crash down,
the sunset surrounds me;
and in a little chamber
does my heart long to be.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 128