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O wunderbares, tiefes Schweigen

Language: German (Deutsch)

O wunderbares, tiefes Schweigen,
Wie einsam ist's noch auf der Welt!
Die Wälder nur sich leise neigen,
Als ging' der Herr durchs stille Feld.

Ich fühl mich recht wie neu geschaffen,
Wo ist die Sorge nun und Not?
Was mich noch gestern wollt' erschlaffen,
Ich schäm' mich dess im Morgenrot.

Die Welt mit ihrem Gram und Glücke
Will ich, ein Pilger, frohbereit
Betreten nur wie eine Brücke
Zu dir, Herr, übern Strom der Zeit.

Und buhlt mein Lied, auf Weltgunst lauernd,
Um schnöden Sold der Eitelkeit:
Zerschlag' mein Saitenspiel, und schauernd
Schweig ich vor dir in Ewigkeit.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy sets stanzas 1-3
L. Erk sets stanzas 1-3
A. Matton sets stanzas 1-3

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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) , "Pregària del matí", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Morning prayer", copyright © 2004
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-04-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:05
Line count: 16
Word count: 97

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Ô, prodigieux, profond silence

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Ô, prodigieux, profond silence,
Quelle solitude encore sur le monde !
Seules les forêt s'inclinent doucement
Lorsque passe le Seigneur dans le champ silencieux.

Je me sens comme si je venais d'être créé,
Où sont maintenant inquiétude et détresse ?
Ce qui hier encore m'aurait affaibli
Me fait honte devant cette aurore.

Le monde, avec ses chagrins et bonheurs,
Moi, pèlerin heureux, je suis prêt
À le traverser juste comme un pont
Franchissant le cours du temps, jusqu'à toi, Seigneur.

Et si mon chant cherche à convoiter les faveurs du monde
Pour le méprisable salaire de la vanité :
Arrache les cordes de ma lyre, et tremblant
Je resterai silencieux devant toi pour l'éternité.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2015 by Pierre Mathé, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857), "Morgengebet", appears in Gedichte, in 6. Geistliche Gedichte CAT DUT ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince Consort, Algernon Bennet Langton Ashton, Karl Collan, Friedrich Curschmann, Ludwig Erk, Johann Carl Eschmann, Hermann Franke, Eduard Lassen, Adolphe Matton, L. Menager, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Philipp Nabholz, Gustav Rebling, Wilhelm Seifhardt. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2015-06-15.
Last modified: 2015-06-15 13:53:01
Line count: 16
Word count: 114