by John Olaf Paulsen (1851 - 1924)
Translation © by Nigel Parker

Et Håb
Language: Danish (Dansk) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER
Jeg kunde juble for alle Vinde
min Glæde ud! Vil man den forstå?
Nei, bedst jeg varsomt den lukker inde
her hos mig selv i mit Hjertes Vrå.

Mit Hjerte brænder, det bæver, banker
i Takten, o, til en Jubelsang!
Mit Hoved gløder af Vårens Tanker.
Hvor vild og lystelig deres Gang.

Foran mit Øre det bruser, sjunger
som Tonerne fra et Englekor.
Med tusind sladrende, søde Tunger,
det røber mig, hvad i Fremtid bor.

Ak! tør jeg tro det! Jeg vil så gjerne.
Hvor Håbet flammer og kaster Skin!
Ud fra det tause, det dunkle Fjerne
en Stjerne stråler - og det er min!

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , "Hoffnung" ; composed by Anton Eberhardt, Paul Pfitzner.

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

  • ENG English (Nigel Parker) , "Hope", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Un espoir", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "Ein Hoffen", copyright © 2019, (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: 16
Word count: 105

Hope
Language: English  after the Danish (Dansk) 
I could display for all the winds
my joy. Would it be understood?
No, rather enclose it
here in my self, in the recesses of my heart.

My heart burns, trembles, beats to
the rhythm of my rejoicing song,
My head glows with thoughts of spring,
How wild and joyfully they flow!

Past my ears they flow and sound
like song of angels.
A thousand gossiping, sweet tongues
revealing the future.

Can I dare to believe it,
There where hope burns and sheds its skin,
From the silent and far off distance
A glittering star shines, and it's mine!

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This text was added to the website: 2013-04-02
Line count: 16
Word count: 99