by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Hymne an den Unendlichen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Zwischen Himmel und Erd', hoch in der Lüfte Meer,
In der Wiege des Sturms trägt mich ein Zakenfels,
    Wolken thürmen
    Unter mir sich zu Stürmen,
Schwindelnd gaukelt der [Blick]1 umher
  Und ich denke dich, Ewiger.

Deinen schauernden Pomp borge dem Endlichen,
Ungeheure Natur! Du der Unendlichkeit
    Riesentochter!
    Sey mir Spiegel Jehovahs!
Seinen Gott [dem]2 [vernünftigen]3 Wurm
  Orgle prächtig, Gewittersturm!

Horch! er orgelt - Den Fels wie er herunterdrönt!
Brüllend spricht der Orkan Zebaoths Nahmen aus.
    Hingeschrieben
    Mit dem Griffel des Blitzes:
Kreaturen, erkennt ihr mich?
  Schone, Herr! wir erkennen dich.

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Confirmed with Friedrich Schillers sämmtliche Werke. Zehnter Band. Enthält: Gedichte. Zweyter Theil. Wien, 1810. In Commission bey Anton Doll, page 231.

First published in Anthologie auf das Jahr 1782, anonymously edited by Schiller with the fake publishing information "Gedrukt in der Buchdrukerei zu Tobolsko", actually published by Johann Benedict Metzler in Stuttgart. This poem (pages 126-127) has "Y." as the author's name.

1 Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "Blitz"
2 Schiller (Doll, 1816 edition, and early specimens of 1810 edition) "den"
3 Anthologie 1782, and Schubert: "vernünftgen"

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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) , "Himne a l’Infinit", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hymne voor de Oneindige", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , "Hymn to the eternal", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Hymne à l'infini", copyright © 2011, (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: 18
Word count: 90

Hymne à l'infini
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Entre ciel et terre, haut dans la mer des airs
Un rocher dentelé me porte sur le berceau des tempêtes,
Sous moi les nuages s'accumulent
Pour monter à l'assaut
Pris de vertige, les éclairs voltigent alentour
Et je pense à toi, Éternel.

Tes horribles pompes empruntent à l'infini
Nature immense ! Toi fille géante
De l'infinitude !
Sois pour moi le miroir de Jéhova !
Son dieu pour le ver doué de raison,
Orgue splendide, orage !

Écoute l'orgue ! Il fait résonner le rocher
L'ouragan hurle les noms de Zebaoth
Le stylet de l'éclair
Écrit :
« Créatures, me reconnaissez-vous ? »
Grâce, Seigneur ! Nous te reconnaissons.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-01-04
Line count: 18
Word count: 109