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Lebensfunke, vom Himmel entglüht

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Lebensfunke, vom Himmel [entglüht]1,
Der sich loszuwinden müht!
[Zitternd-kühn]2, vor Sehnen leidend,
Gern und doch mit Schmerzen scheidend -
End' o end' den Kampf, Natur!
Sanft ins Leben
Aufwärts schweben,
Sanft hinschwinden laß mich nur.

Horch!, mir lispeln Geister zu:
"Schwester-Seele, komm zur Ruh!"
Ziehet was mich sanft von hinnen?
Was ists, [das]3 mir meine [Sinnen]4,
Mir den Hauch zu rauben droht?
Seele sprich, ist das der Tod?

Die Welt entweicht! Sie ist nicht mehr!
[Harmonieen]5 um mich her!
Ich [schwimm']6 im Morgenroth -
Leiht, o leiht mir eure Schwingen,
Ihr [Brüder-Geister]7! helft mir singen:  
"O Grab, wo ist dein Sieg? wo ist dein Pfeil, o Tod?"

Translation(s): CAT DUT FRE

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Confirmed with Zerstreute Blätter von J.G.Herder. Zweite Sammlung. Gotha 1786, bey Carl Wilhelm Ertinger, pages 375-376.

The poem is part of Herder's essay "Wie die Alten den Tod gebildet: ein Nachtrag zu Leßings Abhandlung desselben Inhalts".

1 Herder (1796 edition), and Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "erglüht"
2 Schubert: "Zitternd, kühn"
3 Schubert: "was"
4 Schubert: "Sinne"
5 Schubert: "Engel-Einklang"
6 Schubert: "schweb'"
7 Schubert: "Brüder, Geister"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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) , "Transfiguració", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Verheerlijking: De stervende christen tot zijn ziel", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le Christ mourant à son âme", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-07 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-06-16 16:44:04

Line count: 20
Word count: 107

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

Espurna de vida, del cel encesa,
que malda per alliberar-se!
Tremolant, audaç, sofrent d’anhel,
s’acomiada de grat i tanmateix amb dolor!
Posa fi, oh posa fi al combat, Natura!
Suaument de la vida,
surant cap amunt,
deixa’m tan sols esvanir-me dolçament.

Escolta! Els esperits em xiuxiuegen:
“Ànima germana, vine a reposar!”
Què se m’emporta suaument lluny d’aquí?
Què és el que amenaça de llevar-me
els meus sentits i el meu alè?
Digues-me, ànima, és això la mort?

El món s’esvaneix!
Ha deixat d’existir!
Harmonia d’àngels al meu entorn!
Vaig surant per l’aurora!
Presteu, oh presteu-me les vostres ales,
vosaltres esperits fraterns, ajudeu-me a cantar:
“Oh sepulcre, on és el teu triomf?
On és el teu fibló, oh mort?”

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803), no title, subtitle: "Popens sterbender Christ an seine Seele", first published 1774 DUT FRE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2016-04-29 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-04-29 18:01:35

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Word count: 118