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by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Karel Vereycken

Die Nebel zerreißen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FIN FRE ITA
Die Nebel zerreißen,
[Der Himmel ist]1 helle
Und Aeolus löset
Das ängstliche Band. 
Es säuseln die Winde,
Es rührt sich der Schiffer. 
Geschwinde! Geschwinde! 
Es theilt sich die Welle,
Es naht sich die Ferne,
Schon seh' ich das Land!

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 73; with Göthe's neue Schriften. Siebenter Band. Berlin. Bei Johann Friedrich Unger. 1800, pages 18-19; and with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1796. Herausgegeben von Schiller. Neustrelitz, bei dem Hofbuchhändler Michaelis, page 83.

Note: Goethe's "Meeres Stille" and "Glückliche Fahrt" constitute a pair of poems belonging together.

1 First edition: "Auf einmal wirds"


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

  • ENG English (Karel Vereycken) , "Prosperous voyage", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Onnellinen matka", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Karel Vereycken) , "Hereux voyage", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Si squarcia la nebbia", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 39

Hereux voyage
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Les brumes se déchirent
 Le ciel s'éclaircit
 Et Eole dépose
 Le joug de la peur.

 Là, bruissent les vents,
 Là, le marin s'agite.

 Dépêchons, dépêchons!
 La vague se rompt.
 Le lointain s'approche,
 Déjà, je vois le pays!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2005 by Karel Vereycken, (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: 2005-04-10
Line count: 10
Word count: 38