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Der Engel

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

Es schwebte ein Engel den Himmel entlang
Und himmlische Lieder er sang,
Der Mond und die Sterne in leuchtenden Höh'n
Sie lauschten dem heil'gen Getön.
 
Er sang von der Wonne, dem himmlischen Heil
Das sündlosen Geistern zu teil,
Vom Ruhme des Herrn, des Ew'gen erklang
Sein weihevoll hehrer Gesang.
 
Er trug eine Kindes Seele im Arm
Zur Erde voll Tränen und Harm,
Und es prägt' sein Gesang unvergänglich und rein
Der Seele des Kindes sich ein.
 
Und lange wohl währte ihr irdischer Lauf,
Doch wundersam zog sie's hinauf,
Und nimmer ersetzt' ihr ein ird'scher Gesang
Den ersten, den heiligen Klang.


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  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Mikhail Yur'yevich Lermontov (1814 - 1841), "Ангел", first published 1831 ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE FRE SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Leslie Crabtree, Aleksandr Tikhonovich Gretchaninov, Nikolai Mikhailovich Ladukhin, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Sergei Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov, Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov, Aleksandr Yegorovich Varlamov. Go to the text.

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