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Language: German (Deutsch)

[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.

Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE

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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"
Note: Ansorge may have other textual changes not noted.

Submitted by Jeroen Scholten and 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)

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

  • 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

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2017-10-17 22:48:57

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Ascensió al cel

Language: Catalan (Català) after the German (Deutsch)

Sures cap baix des de la llunyania
nit, amb la teva corona d'argent?
M'enlaira vers les teves eternitats
el suau esclat de la foscúria?

Com si ulls amorosos fessin senyals:
que tot l'amor sigui revelat!
Com si braços defallissin de desig:
que tots els anhels siguin satisfets --

si una estrella brilla per mi des de lluny,
totes les pors m'abandonen,
sublim embadaliment,
brilla i brilla i vol davallar.

I unes forces m'empenyen vers
el seu encontre i ella cau --
i un broll, un desplegament
de la seva resplendor em pren, em porta,

i em deslliura vers un temps
en el que ningú podia veure
com els estels llisquen per la nit,
com els misteris s'atansen a les ànimes.

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