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Fünfzehn Lieder auf Gedichte von Emily Dickinson

Word count: 657

Song Cycle by Gloria Coates (b. 1938)

Original language: 15 Songs on Poems by Emily Dickinson

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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

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Nach großem Leid flieht man in Förmlichkeit --
Nerv liegt an Nerv wie Grab an Grab gereiht --
benommen fragt das Herz „Litt Er so schwer?“
„War’s gestern oder ist’s schon ewig her?“

Die Füße trotten wie von selbst im Rund
hölzernen Gangs
aus Pflicht, auf schwankend, festem Grund
trotz allem drein
in quarzenem Zufriedensein.

Wie Blei ist solche Zeit --
der denkt dran, der ihr trotzt,
wie jenen, die erfriern, der Schnee präsent --
erst Kälte -- Starre -- dann der Fall ins End.


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In Händen ein Juwel ich hatt’
und schlief dann ein.
Warm war der Tag, die Winde matt;
ich meint’, ’s bleibt mein.

Erwacht, schalt ich die brave Hand:
weg war der Stein -
Erinnerung an Amethyst
verbleibt allein.


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      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): John Coolidge Adams, Dace Aperans, Ernst Bacon, Gloria Coates, Sharon Davis, Emma Lou Diemer, Rudolf Escher, Scott Gendel, Peter Golub, Lee Hoiby, Lori Laitman, David Leisner, Marjorie M. Rusche, Richard Pearson Thomas, Augusta Read Thomas, George Theophilus Walker, Chee Yean Wong. Go to the text.

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Sturm! Nacht auf Nacht!
Wär’ ich bei dir,
Sturmnacht wär mir
Luxus und dir!

Nutzlos ein Sturm
dem Herzen im Port, -
Weg mit dem Kompass,
Seekarten fort!

Auf See in Eden -
Ach! Das Meer!
In dir heut Nacht ankern
vielmehr!


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Mein - durch das Recht auf die Wahl des Weißen!
Mein - durch des Königs Siegel!
Mein - durch das „A“ in Scharlachrot
im vorgehaltenen Spiegel!

Mein - durch anders wollen und nicht dürfen!
Mein - im Leben nach dem Sein
wirksam, bestätigt - höchstes Glück verbrieft!
Derweil die Zeit entflieht, doch mein!


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Ein Wort ist tot,
wenn man es sagt,
sagt man.
Ich sag, just dann
fängt es zu leben an.


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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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Ein Todesstoß ist denen ein Impuls zu leben,
die bis zum Tode nicht lebendig waren,
die, hätten sie gelebt, gestorben wären,
doch deren Lebenskraft im Tod begann.


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8. Braut des Heiligen Geistes

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Dir durch die Ehe anvertraut,
Herr der Himmelswelt,
des Vaters und des Sohnes Braut
vom Heil’gen Geist erwählt.
Irdisch Verlöbnis wird gelöst,
verfallen, die gefreit,
Einzig wer diesen Eh’ring trägt,
bezwingt die Sterblichkeit.


Translation of title "Bride of the Holy Ghost" = "Braut des Heiligen Geistes"

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Verschüttet unter Trümmern
keuchte ein Mensch.
Draußen plagten Spaten sich,
die Lungen, drin.

Wusst’ er von der Suche?
Und sie, dass er noch lebt?
Schutt und Trümmerberge -
keiner den andern hört.

Nimmer ruhn die Spaten,
doch als sie es geschafft -
ach, welch Lohn der Mühsal -
hat der Tod gesiegt.

Vieles ist vergebens -
schwer zu verstehn die Welt -
doch letztlich danken wir 
dem barmherz’gen  Tod.


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10. Auf eines Kindes Tod

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Nun muss ich dich zur ew'gen Ruhe betten;
ich fleh' zum Herrn, er möge deinen Leib erretten;
und wenn du lebst, eh' du erweckt wirst sein,
hauche der Herr dir deine Seele ein.


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11. Waffenruhe

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Wie Flocken, Sterne
fielen sie, wie
Rosenblütenblätter,
wenn mit den Fingern jäh 
ein Wind über den Juni streicht.

Im weiten Grasland fielen sie,
niemand fänd je den Ort -
doch Gott führt jedes Opfer dort 
auf seiner festen Liste.


Translation of title "Armistice" = "Waffenruhe"

Note (provided by Bertram Kottmann) : 1863, ED gedenkt der 51.000 Opfer der Schlacht von Gettysburg vom 01.07. bis 03.07.1863 im Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg.

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12. Fessle mich - kann dennoch singen

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Fessle mich - kann dennoch singen -
weis’ mich ab - die Saiten klingen
doch treu in mir.

Töte mich - zum Paradies aufschwingen
wird meine Seele sich und singen -
noch immer dein.


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Ich sah ein sterbend Aug -
im Zimmer irrt’s herum -
etwas zu suchen - wie es schien -
umwölkter ward’s hernach,
von Nebeln dann getrübt,
um letztlich zu erstarr’n.
Ein Segen wär, es täte kund
was es geschaut in Todesstund.


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Kann ich auch nur ein Herz am Brechen hindern,
so leb' ich nicht vergebens;
und kann ich eines Wesens Schmerzen lindern
und Nöte seines Lebens,
und kann ein mattes Vöglein ich
ins Nest aufs Neue heben -
so leb' ich nicht vergebens.


Anmerkung des Übersetzers: prosodische Gründe ließen 'robin' = Rotkehlchen (Erithacus rubecula) zum 'Vöglein ' werden.

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Wird es „Morgen“ wirklich geben?
Gibt es so etwas wie „Tag“?
Könnt ich’s von ganz oben sehen,
wenn ich hätt’ der Berge Schlag?

Hat es Sprossen wie Seerosen?
Federn, wie’s der Vogel hat?
Aus fernem Land zu uns gestoßen,
von dem man keine Ahnung hat?

Ach, Gelehrter! Ach,Matrose!
Weiser, der vom Himmel fliegt!
Sagt einem, der auf dem Weg ist,
wo, was „Morgen“ heißt, denn liegt.


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