by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843)
Translation © by John H. Campbell

Wo bist du? trunken dämmert die Seele...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE FRE
Wo bist du? trunken dämmert die Seele mir
  [Von all deiner]1 Wonne; denn eben ist's,
    Daß ich gelauscht, wie goldner Töne
      Voll der entzückende Sonnenjüngling

Sein Abendlied auf himmlischer Leier spielt';
  Es tönten rings die Wälder und Hügel nach.
    Doch fern ist er zu frommen Völkern,
      Die ihn noch ehren, hinweggegangen.

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Confirmed with Friedrich Hölderlin, Sämtliche Gedichte und Hyperion, Frankfurt am Main: Insel Verlag, 1999, page 203.

1 Cornelius: "nach allen deinen"; Apostel, Greif: "Von aller deiner"

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  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "Where are you? Drunkenly my soul awakens", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Où es-tu ?", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Coucher de soleil", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Where are you? Drunkenly my soul awakens
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Where are you? Where are you? Drunkenly, my soul awakens
 from all your pleasures, I harken now,
 to the golden sounds
  as the enchanting sunbathed-boy
 
 plays his evening-song on the heavenly lyre.
 His song rings through the tinted hills and forests,
 though he is far away from the good folk,
 who still honor him in his absence.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:33
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