by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Ihr wandelt droben im Licht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG ITA
Ihr wandelt droben im Licht
  Auf weichem Boden, selige Genien!
    Glänzende Götterlüfte
      Rühren euch leicht,
        Wie die Finger der Künstlerin
          Heilige Saiten.

Schicksallos, wie der schlafende
  Säugling, atmen die Himmlischen;
    Keusch bewahrt
      In bescheidener Knospe,
        Blühet ewig
          Ihnen der Geist,
            Und die seligen Augen
              Blicken in stiller
                Ewiger Klarheit.

Doch uns ist gegeben,
  Auf keiner Stätte zu ruh'n;
    Es schwinden, es fallen
      Die leidenden Menschen
        Blindlings von einer
          Stunde [zur]1 andern,
            Wie Wasser von Klippe
              Zu Klippe geworfen,
                Jahrlang in's Ungewisse hinab.

F. Cerha sets stanza 3

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Confirmed with Friedrich Hölderlin's Sämmtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Christoph Theodor Schwab, Erster Band: "Gedichte und Hyperion", Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1846, pages 122-123; note: the indentation shown above doesn't appear in this edition, but occurs in later editions.

Note: Hyperion is the title character of an unfinished novel in which Hölderlin wrote about the Greek struggle for independence from the Turks.

1 Cerha: "zu"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó del destí", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hyperions noodlotslied", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 1995
  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Hyperion's Song of Fate", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Hyperion's Song of Fate", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canto del destino di Iperione", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Cançó del destí
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Passegeu allà dalt, en la llum,
sobre tou terreny, vosaltres, benaurats genis!
Resplendents ventijols divins
us acaronen lleument,
com els dits de l'artista quan toquen
les sagrades cordes.

Sense destí, com un nodrissó
adormit, respiren els éssers celestials;
preservats en castedat
dins humils poncelles,
el seu esperit,
floreix eternament
i els seus benaurats ulls
esguarden amb serena,
eterna claredat.

Però a nosaltres, 
no ens ha estat donat
cap lloc on reposar;
els homes afligits 
desapareixen, cauen
cegament, un cop i altre,
com l'aigua de roca en roca,
abocats per sempre 
més a la incertesa.

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