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Geist der Liebe

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wer bist du, Geist der Liebe,
Der durch das Weltall webt?
Den Schooß der Erde schwängert
Und den Atom belebt?
Der Elemente bindet,
Der Weltenkugeln ballt,
Aus Engelharfen [jubelt]1,
Und aus dem Säugling lallt?

Wer bist du, Kraft der Kräfte,
Die Greisesaugen hellt?
[Der Jünglingswangen]2 röthet,
[Und Mädchenbusen]3 schwellt?
Der Liebe beut und fodert,
Um Liebe ringt und wirbt,
Und [Messiaden]4 dichtet,
Und Brutustode stirbt?

Bist du nicht Odem Gottes,
Unsträflich, wie sein Licht,
Und stark, wie seine Rechte,
Die Welten baut und bricht?
Bist unsers Kreuzzugs Fahne,
[Entflammst]5 mit heil'ger Scham
Den Feigen und den Matten
Ein wehend Oriflam.

Nur der ist gut und edel,
Dem du den Bogen spannst.
Nur der ist groß und göttlich,
Den du zum Mann ermannst.
Sein Werk ist Pyramide,
Sein Wort ist Machtgebot.
Ein Spott ist ihm die Hölle.
Ein Hohn ist ihm der Tod.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with L.T.Kosegarten's Poesieen, Neueste Auflage, Dritter Band, Berlin 1803, pages 10-11; and with Kosegarten's Dichtungen. Fünfter Band. Lyrischer Gedichte Erstes, zweytes, drittes Buch. Greifswald, gedruckt beym königl. Director J.H. Eckhardt. 1812, pages 113-115.

1 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "hallet"
2 later editions (since 1812): "Des Jünglings Wangen"
3 later editions (since 1812): "Des Mägdleins Busen"
4 later editions (since 1812): "Iliaden"
5 Kosegarten (Leipzig 1802 edition; misprint, changed in the errata section), and Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe, mistakenly): "Entflammt"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor] and Peter Rastl [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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "L'esperit de l'amor", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Geest van liefde", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Spirit of love", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Esprit de l'amour", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , "Spirito dell'amore", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Spirito dell'amore

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Chi sei tu, o spirito dell’Amore
che trama attraverso l’universo,
che feconda il grembo della terra
e rende vivo l’atomo?
E che lega gli elementi,
dà forma alle sfere dei pianeti,
esulta al suono delle arpe angeliche
e balbetta nella voce dei lattanti?

Solo può dirsi buono e nobile
colui al quale tu tendi l’arco.
Solo appare grande e divino
quello che tu guidi verso gli altri uomini.
La sua opera è una piramide,
la sua parola un ordine potente,
una fola è per lui l’inferno,
una quisquilia è per lui la morte.

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