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

An die Parzen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE
Nur einen Sommer gönnt, ihr Gewaltigen!
  Und einen Herbst zu reifem Gesange mir,
    Daß williger mein Herz, vom süßen
      [Spiele]1 gesättiget, dann mir sterbe!

Die Seele, der im Leben ihr göttlich Recht
  Nicht ward, sie ruht auch drunten im Orkus nicht;
    Doch ist mir einst das Heilge, das am
      Herzen mir liegt, das Gedicht gelungen:

Willkommen dann, o Stille der Schattenwelt!
  Zufrieden bin ich, wenn auch mein Saitenspiel
    Mich nicht hinabgeleitet; einmal
      Lebt ich, wie Götter, und mehr bedarfs nicht.

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1 Reutter: "Spiel"


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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To the Fates", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "To: the Fates", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Aux Parques", copyright © 2017, (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: 12
Word count: 80

To the Fates
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Grant just one summer, you powerful ones!
 And one autumn for ripe songs,
 so that my heart might be more willing, 
 satisfied with sweet playing, to die.

 My soul, which in life, did not realize its divine right,
 will not rest in Orcus;
 but if once the sacred thing that
 lies closest to my heart - my poetry - succeeds,

 then I will welcome the silence of the world of shadows!
 I will be content, even if my lyre
 does not come with me; for once
 I lived like the gods - and I require no more.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 98