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

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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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):

  • 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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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-08-12 13:24:41
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You wander above in the light
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You wander above in the light
  on soft ground, blessed genies!
    Blazing, divine breezes
      brush by you as lightly
        as the fingers of the player
          on her holy strings.
 
Fateless, like sleeping
  infants, the divine beings breathe,
    chastely protected
       in modest buds,
         blooming eternally
           their spirits,
             and their blissful eyes
               gazing in mute,
                 eternal clarity.

Yet there is granted us
  no place to rest;
    we vanish, we fall -
      the suffering humans -
        blind from one
          hour to another,
            like water thrown from cliff
              to cliff,
                for years into the unknown depths.

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Translations of titles
"Hyperions Schicksalslied" = "Hyperion's song of Fate"
"Schicksalslied" = "Song of Fate"


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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 1995 by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-06-21 17:28:08
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