by Friedrich Heinrich Oser (1820 - 1891)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
  Silberumsäumtes Wolkengebilde, 
Sanft von dem zartesten Schimmer [durchstrahlt]1,
Leise schwebend, so duftig, so milde, 
Schön wie von lächelnden Engeln gemalt!

  Und nur ein Lüftchen, -- ist's droben zerronnen, 
Ringsum das tiefeste, prächtigste Blau! 
Ganz hat [das Licht]2 den Sieg nun gewonnen, 
O wie erglänzen sie, Himmel und Au! 

  Ja, ist von ewigem Troste durchleuchtet, 
Zagendes Herz, was hier dich bedrückt,
Ob auch die Wehmuth das Auge noch feuchtet, 
Schöner nur Alles das Leben dir schmückt!

  Und nur ein Weilchen, -- ist drüben zerflossen
Alles im strahlenden, seligen Licht,
Alles dem Danke, dem Jubel erschlossen,
Freu dich, o Seele, und fürchte dich nicht!

M. Hauptmann sets stanzas 1-3

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Confirmed with Liederbuch von Friedrich Oser, 1842-1874, mit einem biographischen Verzeichnis der Componisten, Basel: Benno Schwabe, Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1875, page 100.

1 Hauptmann: "umstrahlt"
2 Hauptmann: "die Helle"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Light of the heavens", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Melanie Trumbull
Light of the heavens
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
  Silver-rimmed cloud-shapes,
Gently illumined [through and through]1 by the most delicate shimmer,
Wafting quietly, so scented, so mild,
Beautiful as if painted by smiling angels!

  And only a little breeze, -- then it’s gone on high
Round about the deepest, most glorious blue!
The [light]2 has been utterly victorious now,
Oh how they are set agleaming, the sky and the meadow!

  Yes, apprehensive heart, when eternal comfort
Shines through that which oppresses you here [on earth],
Though melancholy still dampens your eyes,
Life only adorns everything all the more beautifully for you.

  And only a little while, -- yonder everything
Shall been dissipated in radiant, blessed light,
Everything shall be opened up to gratitude, to rejoicing,
Be happy, oh soul, and fear not!

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1 Hauptmann: "all round"
2 Hauptmann: "brightness"


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