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by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Heilig Wesen! gestört hab' ich die...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE
Heilig Wesen! gestört hab' ich die goldene 
  Götterruhe dir oft, und der [geheimeren]1,
    [Tieferen]2 Schmerzen des Lebens
      Hast du manche gelernt von mir.

O vergiß es, vergib! gleich dem Gewölke dort
  Vor dem friedlichen Mond, geh' ich dahin, und du
    Ruhst und [glänzt]3 in deiner
      Schöne wieder, du süßes Licht!

About the headline (FAQ)

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Confirmed with Friedrich Hölderlin, Sämtliche Gedichte und Hyperion, Frankfurt am Main: Insel Verlag, 1999, page 198.

1 Pfitzner: "geheimen"
2 Apostel, Hauer, Rihm: "Tiefern"
3 Apostel, Hauer, Pfitzner, Rihm: "glänzest"

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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):

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Bas Ammerlaan) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Jakob Kellner , Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 50

Holy Nature! I have often disturbed your...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Holy Nature! I have often disturbed your golden,
godly rest; and of the more secret,
deeper pains of life,
many have you learned from me.

O forget it and forgive! Like those clouds there
before the peaceful moon, I will pass, and you
will rest and shine in your 
beauty again, you sweet light!

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "Abbitte" = "Apology"

Authorship:

  • 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: 8
Word count: 54