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Fünf Lieder nach Gedichten von Richard Dehmel

Word count: 269

Song Cycle by Conrad (Eduard Reinhold) Ansorge (1862 - 1930)

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1. Ansturm [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE SPA

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  • ENG English (Elisabeth Siekhaus) , "Onslaught", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Assaut", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Martin Zubiria) , "Embate", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


O zürne nicht, wenn mein Begehren
[Dunkel]1 aus seinen Grenzen bricht,
Soll es uns selber nicht verzehren,
Muß es heraus ans Licht!

Fühlst ja, wie all mein Innres brandet,
Und wenn herauf der Aufruhr bricht,
Jäh über deinen Frieden strandet,
Dann bebst du aber du zürnst mir nicht.


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1 Zemlinsky: "Brausend"

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2. Waldseligkeit [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE IRI SPA

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Zalige bosrust", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Bliss in the woods", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Addie Funk) , "Forest solitude"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Béatitude en forêt", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Aoibhneas sna Coillte", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alfredo García) , "Felicidad del bosque", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Der Wald beginnt zu rauschen,
den Bäumen naht die Nacht,
als ob sie selig lauschen,
berühren sie sich sacht.

Und unter ihren Zweigen,
da bin ich ganz allein,
da bin ich ganz mein eigen :
ganz nur Dein!


Confirmed with Richard Dehmel, Gesammelte Werke in drei Bände, Erster Band, S. Fischer Verlag, Berlin, 1920, Erlösungen, page 55.


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3. Auf See [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Sur la mer", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Doch hatte niemals tiefere Macht dein Blick,
als du da, Abschied fühlend, still am Ufer 
standest, schwandest; nur [Dein Auge]1
blieb und bebte über [den Wassern]2.

Dunkel folgte der Schein den leuchtenden Furchen;
und ich sah den [Schaum]3 der tiefen Flut,
sah dein weisses Kleid zerfliessen:
du [stumme Seele]4! --


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1 Zemlinsky : "der Blick noch"
2 Zemlinsky : "dem Wasser"
3 Zemlinsky : "Schein"
4 Zemlinsky : "Seele, Seele"

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4. Himmelfahrt [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Ascensió al cel", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Ascension", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Voyage vers le ciel", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


[Schwebst]1 du nieder aus den Weiten, 
Nacht mit deinem Silberkranz?
Hebt in deine Ewigkeiten
mich des Dunkels milder Glanz?

Als ob Augen liebend winken:
alle Liebe sei enthüllt!
als ob Arme sehnend sinken:
alle Sehnsucht sei erfüllt -

strahlt ein Stern mir aus den Weiten,
alle Ängste fallen ab,
seligste Versunkenheiten,
strahlt und strahlt und will herab.

Und es treiben mich Gewalten
ihm entgegen, und er sinkt -
und ein Quellen, ein Entfalten
seines Scheines nimmt und bringt

und erlöst mich in die Zeiten,
da noch keine Menschen sahn,
wie durch Nächte Sterne gleiten,
wie den Seelen Rätsel nahn.


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Confirmed with Richard Dehmel, Gesammelte Werke in drei Bänden, Zweiter Band, Berlin: S. Fischer Verlag, 1913, page 20

1 Ansorge: "Tauchst"
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5. Letzte Bitte [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dernière prière", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Leg' deine Hand auf meine Augen
daß mein Blut wie Meeresnächte dünkelt:
Fern im Nachen lauscht der Tod.

Leg' deine Hand auf meine Augen,
bis mein Blut wie Himmelsnächte funkelt:
Silbern rauscht das schwarze Boot.


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