D. (dalaruan) wrote,
D.
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menschenscheu

Another song of Schubert's Winterreise I love is "Der Wegweiser". Grown up isolated from human society except my closest family for the first six years of my life, I'm a reclusive person, sometimes unable to stand the presence of others, even my beloved ones. In German we have a wonderful term for it: menschenscheu.  

Der Wegweiser

Was vermeid' ich denn die Wege,
Wo die ander'n Wand'rer geh'n,
Suche mir versteckte Stege,
Durch verschneite Felsenhöh'n ?

Habe ja doch nichts begangen,
Daß ich Menschen sollte scheu'n, -
Welch ein törichtes Verlangen
Treibt mich in die Wüstenei'n ?

Weiser stehen auf den Straßen,
Weisen auf die Städte zu.
Und ich wandre sonder Maßen
Ohne Ruh' und suche Ruh'.

Einen Weiser seh' ich stehen
Unverrückt vor meinem Blick;
Eine Straße muß ich gehen,
Die noch keiner ging zurück.


Teutoburg Forest - January 2009

The Signpost

Why do I avoid the pathways
which the other travellers use?
It's the snow-capped hills I'm seeking.
It's the hidden paths I choose.

I have done no wrong to others,
Why should I then shun mankind?
So what is this foolish longing
Driving me to distant land?

Signposts to the towns are pointing,
Shall I go where they suggest?
Shall I wander on regardless,
without rest, yet seeking rest?

I see only one clear signpost
Pointing to my lonely track.
It's the road which I must travel
From which no-one can come back.

(Translation by Jeffery Benton)

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