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Fünf geistliche Lieder

Word count: 333

Song Cycle by Anton von Webern (1883 - 1945)

French (Français) translation: Cinq Lieder spirituels
English translation: Five spiritual songs (Michael P. Rosewall)

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1. Das Kreuz [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

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  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "The cross", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La croix", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Das Kreuz, das mußt' er tragen
bis an die selbige Statt,
wo er gemartert ward.
Maria, die stund auch dabei
und weint' ganz bitterlich
um ihren Jesu Christ.
'O Mutter, laß das Weinen!
Die Martern, die sind klein,
das Himmelreich ist mein.'


Submitted by Jeroen Scholten

2. Morgenlied [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Song of morning", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant du matin", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Steht auf, ihr lieben Kinderlein,
Der Morgenstern mit hellem Schein
Läßt [sich sehn]1 frei gleich wie ein Held
Und leuchtet in die ganze Welt.

[Sei willkommen]2, du lieber Tag,
Vor dir die Nacht nicht bleiben mag,
Leucht uns in unsre Herzen fein
Mit deinem himmelischen Schein.


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Note: first stanza also used by Alberus in Steht auf, ihr lieben Kinderlein, set by Reger as "Morgengesang".
1 Weismann: "sehn sicht"; Elling: "sich sehen
2 Elling: "Willkommen sei"

Submitted by Jeroen Scholten

3. In Gottes Namen aufstehn [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

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  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "In God's name, arise", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Au nom de Dieu se lever", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


In Gottes Namen aufstehn,
gegen Gott gehen,
gegen Gott treten,
zum himmlischen Vater beten,
daß er uns verleih
lieb Englein drei:
der erste, der uns weist,
der zweite, der uns speist,
der dritt, der uns behüt und bewahrt,
daß uns an Leib und Seel nichts widerfahrt.


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4. Mein Weg geht jetzt vorüber [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

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Mein Weg geht jetzt [fürüber]1: O Welt was acht' ich dein? Der Himmel ist mir lieber, Da muß ich [trachten]2 ein: Mich nicht zu sehr beladen Weil ich wegfertig bin. In Gottes Fried' und Gnaden Fahr' ich mit Frewd' dahin.
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Confirmed with Psalmodia nova sive selectissimorum hymnorum [. . .] das ist hundert Christliche Gesänge, ed. by Josepho Claudero, Altenburg: Joh. Meuschken, 1627, pages 494 - 496.

1 Webern: "vorüber"
2 Webern: "fahren"

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5. Fahr hin, o Seel', zu deinem Gott [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

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  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Venture forth, O soul, to your God", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Pars, ô mon âme, vers ton Dieu", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Fahr hin, o Seel', zu deinem Gott,
der dich aus nichts gestaltet,
der dich erlöst durch seinen Tod,
den Himmel offen haltet.

Fahr hin zu dem, der in der Tauf
die Unschuld dir gegeben,
Er nehme dich barmherzig auf
in jenes bess're Leben.


Submitted by Jeroen Scholten

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