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Lieder auf Gedichte von Emily Dickinson

Word count: 768

Song Cycle by Robert F. Baksa (b. 1938)

Original language: Emily Dickinson Songs

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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

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  • a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems of Emily Dickinson, first published 1890 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Robert F. Baksa, David Horowicz, Sergius Kagen, Leon Kirchner, Jules Langert, Harris Lindenfeld. Go to the text.

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„Verrücktheit“ - göttlichste Vernunft -
dem, der es wahrlich sieht,
„Vernunft“, schierste Verrücktheit -
doch was die Mehrheit meint,
das gilt, wie stets, auch hier -
wer zustimmt, ist normal,
und wer sich sträubt, gilt als Gefahr,
die man in Ketten legt.


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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

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Ich nahm zusammen alle Kraft:
es ging gegen die Welt,
zwar nicht so stark wie David - doch
als doppelt kühner Held.

Den Kiesel auf ein Ziel, doch fiel
ich selbst zum Opfer ihm.
War Goliath es, der zu groß
oder zu klein ich bloß?


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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

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In welchen Gast-
hof kehrt des Nachts
der seltsame Reisende ein?
Wer ist der Wirt wohl,
wo die Magd?
Zudem die Zimmer, schau!
Kein wärmend Feuer im Kamin,
kein Humpen, übervoll.
Geisterseher! Gastwirt! sagt, 
wer sind wohl die da drunt?


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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

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  • a text in English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems of Emily Dickinson, first published 1890
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Für Schönheit starb ich - hatte kaum
aufs Grab mich eingestellt,
als jemand, der für Wahrheit starb,
seitlich sich beigesellt.

Er fragte sacht, woran ich blieb.
„Für Schönheit“ meinte ich.
„Und ich für Wahrheit, - da sie eins,
sind Brüder, du und ich.“

Im Plauderton, weil wir verwandt,
ging’s nachts von Wand zu Wand,
bis Moos die Lippen uns verschloss,
über die Namen spross.


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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

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Die Seele sucht sich den aus, den sie will,
schließt dann das Tor,
lässt niemand mehr zum Kreise der
Erlauchten vor.

Sieht ungerührt, wie Kutschen halten
vor ihrer Tür,
sieht kühl zu, wie auf ihrer Matte
ein Kaiser kniet.

Ich weiß, sie wählt - aus vielen - einen 
allein,
schließt dann die Wahrnehmungsventile -
wie Stein.


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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

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Ein Freund, der kühlt in hitz’ger Zeit,
wird eher dir zum Fund
als einer, der das Herz dir wärmt
in frost’ger Seelenstund.

Die Wetterfahne leicht gen Ost
schreckt Seelen aus Musselin;
wenn die aus Loden fester sind
als jene aus Batist,

verschuldet der Weber dies?
Das Garn ist’s, das verwirrt!
Gewebe aus dem Paradies
wird unbemerkt gewirkt.


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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

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Bin ein Niemand! Wer bist du?
Bist auch ein Niemand du?
Dann sind zu zweit wir - sag’s niemand!
Wir würden dann verbannt.

Wie monoton, jemand zu sein -
ein lauter Frosch gleichsam:
Der stellt sich vor, tagaus, tagein
Bewunderern im Schlamm!


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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

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Zwei Falter flogen mittags aus,
gaukelten überm Bach,
durchtanzten dann das Firmament -
auf Lichtstrahl Rast hernach.

Drauf schwebten sie zusammen fort,
über ein glitzernd’ Meer,
doch wurde nie an einem Port
ihr Kommen je bemerkt.

Ob sie der ferne Vogel sprach,
ob sie auf lichtem Meer
ein Seemann oder Kaufmann traf,
dies drang nie zu mir her.


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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

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Herz, lass’ uns ihn vergessen
noch eh’ die Nacht anbricht.
Du die Wärme, die er gab,
und ich vergess’ das Licht.

Hast Du’s geschafft, Herz, sag mir’s,
streich’ ich ihn aus dem Sinn.
Rasch! Dass nicht, wenn du zögerst,
ich wieder denk an ihn.


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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

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Derzeit, Lieb, ist’s egal,
doch wenn von Welt ich bin ,
hättst du nicht gern dich zugewandt
der tumben Träumerin?

Nur ein banales Wort,
ein Lächeln zu mir hin -
doch hättst nicht gern erübrigt eins,
wenn ich von Adel bin?

Dann brauch ich es nicht mehr,
denn Wappen werden’s tun
mit Adlern auf dem Gürtelschloss
und Adlern auf den Schuhn.

Trag täglich Hermelin -
sag - Lieber - hättest dann
nicht gerne du gerade mich
einmal gelächelt an?


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Trauriges Herz!
Vergaßen sie dich?
Ärger dich nicht! Ärger dich nicht!

Hoffärtig Herz!
Verließen sie dich!?
Hab Zuversicht! Hab Zuversicht!

Fragiles Herz!
Nie breche ich dich:
Baust du auf mich? Baust du auf mich?

Heiteres Herz!
Wie Windengewächs
welkst du dahin; welkst du dahin!


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’s ist ein gewisses schräges Licht
an Winternachmittagen,
das auf uns liegt wie das Gewicht
von Sang in Kathedralen.

Es fügt uns eine Wunde zu,
doch Narben sieht man nicht,
hingegen innern Widerspruch,
wo Wesentliches liegt.

Niemand es zu erklären weiß -
versiegelt ist’s, Verzweiflung, -
es ist ein kaiserliches Leid,
geschickt uns von der Luft.

Und rückt es an, dann horcht das Land, 
Schatten den Atem halten
weicht es, so ist’s, als sähe man
des Todes fernes Walten.


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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

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Die Früh' gedämpfter als zuvor,
die Nüsse brauner schon;
der Beere Wange runder,
die Rose ist geflohn.

Der Ahorn trägt den buntern Schal,
die Flur ein rot Gewand.
Dass ich nicht altmodisch bin,
leg ich ein Schmuckstück an.


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Wenn fast die Nacht vorbei
und Morgenlicht sich zeigt,
dass man zurecht sich finden kann,
ist’s Zeit, dass man sich kämmt,

ein erstes Lächeln übt, 
sich wundert, dass man vor
der lang verwelkten Mitternacht
eine Stund’ geschaudert hat.


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Wer plünderte den Wald -
den zutraulichen Wald?
Die Bäume, ahnungslos,
lieferten Früchte, Moos
für seine Phantasie.
Voll Neugier schätzt’ er alles ein,
er nahm es mit und trug es heim.
Was sagt dazu der ernste Tann
und was die Kiefer wohl?




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