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Die Betende

Language: German (Deutsch)

Laura betet! Engelharfen hallen
[Frieden]1 Gottes in ihr krankes Herz,
Und, wie Abels Opferdüfte, wallen
Ihre Seufzer himmelwärts.

Wie sie kniet, in Andacht hingegossen,
Schön, wie Raphael die Unschuld malt!
Vom Verklärungsglanze schon umflossen,
Der um Himmelswohner strahlt.

O sie fühlt, im leisen, linden Wehen,
[Froh des Hocherhabnen]2 Gegenwart,
Sieht im Geiste schon die Palmenhöhen,
Wo der Lichtkranz ihrer harrt!

So von Andacht, so von Gottvertrauen
Ihre engelreine Brust geschwellt,
Betend diese Heilige zu schauen,
Ist ein Blick in jene Welt!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, page 6; and with Friedrich Matthisson's auserlesene Gedichte, herausgegeben von Joh. Heinr. Füssli, Zürich, bey Orell, Gessner, Füssli und Compagnie, 1791, page 78.

First published in Lieder von Friedrich Matthisson. Breslau, bey Gottlieb Löwe. 1781, page 36; and then, with Rust's setting, in Deutsches Museum Erster Band. Jänner bis Junius. 1784. Leipzig, in der Weygandschen Buchhandlung. Erstes Stück. Januar 1784, in the appendix following page 96.

1 Matthisson (1781 edition), and Rust: "Tröstung"
2 Matthisson (1781 edition), and Rust: "Näher ihres Gottes"

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La dona pregant", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De biddende", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The praying woman", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La femme à la prière", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Colei che prega", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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