Friedrich Holderlin Poems
- Hyperion's Song Of Destiny Holy spirits, you walk up there ...
- Mnemosyne The fruits are ripe, dipped in fire, Cooked and ...
- Bread And Wine Round about the city rests. The illuminated ...
- Patmos The god Is near, and hard to grasp. But where ...
- Half Of Life With its yellow pears And wild roses ...
- The Course Of Life You too wanted better things, but love ...
- At The Middle Of Life The earth hangs down to the lake, full...
Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin was a major German lyric poet, commonly associated with the artistic movement known as Romanticism.
The poetry of Hölderlin, widely recognized today as one of the highest points of German literature, was little known or understood during his lifetime and slipped into obscurity shortly after his death; his illness and reclusion made him fade from his contemporaries' consciousness – and, even though selections of his work were being published by his friends already during his lifetime, it was largely ignored for the rest of the 19th century.
In fact, Hölderlin was a man of his time, an early supporter of the French Revolution – in his ... more »
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Hyperion's Song Of Destiny
Holy spirits, you walk up there
in the light, on soft earth.
Shining god-like breezes
touch upon you gently,
as a woman's fingers
play music on holy strings.
Like sleeping infants the gods
breathe without any plan;
the spirit flourishes continually
in them, chastely kept,
as in a small bud,
and their holy eyes
look out in still
A place to rest
isn't given to us.
decline and blindly fall
from one hour to the next,
like water thrown
from cliff to cliff,