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Der gute Tag

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ob schon die Lerchen steigen?
Was sonst wohl schuld sein mag?
Mir ist zumut so eigen:
Ein Glück klingt durch den Tag.

Mein Wollen scheint Vollbringen,
Und kein Gedanke zagt,
Als müßt' mir heut gelingen,
Was immer ich gewagt.

Mein Kindlein kam vorüber
Und sah mich lächelnd an,
Als wunderte sich's über
Mich frohgemuten Mann.

Und immer hör ich's gehen
Wie fernen Lerchenschlag.
Ich weiß nicht was geschehen:
Ein Glück klingt durch den Tag.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Ernst Zahn, Stuttgart & Leipzig: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1910, page 48.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The good day", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-01-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:30
Line count: 16
Word count: 74

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The good day

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Are the larks already rising?
What else could be the cause?
I feel so peculiar:
A happiness rings through the day.

My wish seems to be fulfilment,
And no thought hesitates,
As if today I must succeed
At whatever I dare to do.

My little child came by
And looked at me smilingly,
As if in wonder over
Me, the cheerful man.

And always I hear it going on
Like the distant sound of a lark.
I know not what has happened:
A happiness rings through the day.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Ernst Zahn (1867 - 1952), "Der gute Tag"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Felix Paul Weingartner. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-01-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:27
Line count: 16
Word count: 88