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Die Orgel

Language: German (Deutsch)

"Noch einmal spielt die Orgel mir,
Mein alter Nachbarsmann!
Versucht es, ob ihr frommer Schall
Mein Herz erquicken kann!"

Die Kranke bat, der Nachbar spielt,
So spielt' er nie vorher,
So rein, so herrlich, nein! er kennt
Sein eigen Spiel nicht mehr.

Es ist ein fremder, sel'ger Klang,
Der seiner Hand entbebt,
Er hält mit Grauen ein, da war
Der Freundin Geist entschwebt.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Uhlands Werke, Erster Teil, Gedichte, herausgegeben von Adalbert Silbermann, Berlin, Leipzig, Wien, Stuttgart: Deutsches Verlagshaus Bong & Co., [no year], page 141

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "L'orgue", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The organ", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-01-08.
Last modified: 2016-09-29 14:03:39
Line count: 12
Word count: 63

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The organ

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

"Play the organ for me once more,
My old neighbour!
Let us see if its pious sound
Can refresh my heart!”

The invalid pleaded, the neighbour played;
He had never played thus before,
So purely, so gloriously, no! he no longer
Recognizes his own playing.

It is a foreign, blessed sound,
That trembles forth from his hand.
He stops in dread, at that moment his friend’s
Spirit had flown forth.

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Text added to the website: 2016-09-29.
Last modified: 2016-09-29 14:04:06
Line count: 12
Word count: 70