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Die sterbende Elisa

Language: German (Deutsch)

    Hark! they wisper; Angels say:
    Sister spirit, come away!

Heil dies ist die lezte Zähre
Die [Elisens]1 Aug' entfällt,
[Schimmern sieht sie schon]2 die Sphäre
Jener bessern Himmelswelt!
Leicht, wie Morgennebel schwinden,
Ist des Lebens Traum entflohn,
Paradiesespalmen winden
Seraphim der Schwester schon!

Schweben auf die Stäte nieder
Wo sie mit dem Tode ringt,
Singen Hallelujalieder
Bis die Erdenhülle sinkt.
Ha! mit deinem Staubgewimmel
Fleugst, o Erde, du dahin!
Näher glänzt der ofne Himmel
Schon der Ueberwinderin.

Harfen tönen ihr: Willkommen!
In der Lebensbäume Wehn,
Engel singen: Heil der Frommen!
Heil der Frühvollendeten!
Die empor, mit Adlerschnelle,
Zu des Lichtes Urquell stieg,
Tod! wo ist dein Stachel? Hölle!
Stolze Hölle! wo dein Sieg?

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich Matthisson. Mannheim in der neuen Hof- und akademischen Buchhandlung, 1787, pages 31-32; and with Deutsches Museum. Zweiter Band. Julius bis Dezember. 1785. Leipzig, in der Weygandschen Buchhandlung, page 92.

1: 1787 edition: "Elisas"
2: 1787 edition: "Schon enthüllt sich ihr"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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Set in a modified version by Franz Peter Schubert.

Set in a modified version by Friedrich Wilhelm Rust.

Text added to the website: 2017-05-22T00:00:00.
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