by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Gestern war ich Atlas
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Gestern war ich Atlas, der den Himmel trug,
Als der Liebsten Herz auf meinem Busen schlug;
Ihrer Augen Sonnen kreisten über mir
Und wie Äther spielt um mich ihr Atemzug.

O zieh den Liebesknoten fester zu noch!
So lang ich athme fand ich keine Ruh' noch.
Laß mich in dir ausathmen! Mir fehlt etwas,
So lang ich etwas andres bin als du noch.

Mir ist dein Kuß je länger, je lieber,
Dein Arm ist mir je länger, je lieber,
Zwar macht dein Kuß, der lange, mir bange,
Mir [aber ist]1 je bänger, je lieber.

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1 Strauss: "ist aber"

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Ahir jo era Atlas", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Yesterday I was Atlas", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Hier j'étais Atlas", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 94

Ahir jo era Atlas
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ahir jo era Atlas que portava el cel
quan el cor de l’estimada bategava al meu pit;
el sol dels seus ulls girava damunt meu
i, com l’èter, el seu alè jugava al meu entorn.

Oh, lliga encara més fort el nus de l’amor!
Tant de temps com respiri no trobaré cap repòs.
Deixa’m exhalar en tu! Quelcom em manca
mentre no sóc altra cosa que tu.

Per a mi, el teu bes quan més llarg millor,
la teva abraçada quan més llarga millor,
certament el teu llarg bes em neguiteja,
però per a mi, quan més neguitós millor.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2020 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: 2020-03-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 99