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Wenn ich ihn nur habe

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn ich ihn nur habe,
Wenn er mein nur ist,
Wenn mein Herz bis hin zum Grabe
Seine Treue nie vergißt:
Weiß ich nichts von Leide,
Fühle nichts, als Andacht, Lieb und Freude.

Wenn ich ihn nur habe,
Lass' ich alles gern,
Folg' an meinem Wanderstabe
Treugesinnt nur meinem Herrn;
Lasse still die Andern
Breite, lichte, volle Straßen wandern.

Wenn ich ihn nur habe,
Schlaf' ich fröhlich ein,
Ewig wird zu süßer Labe
Seines Herzens Flut mir seyn,
Die mit sanftem Zwingen
Alles wird erweichen und durchdringen.

Wenn ich ihn nur habe,
Hab' ich auch die Welt;
Selig, wie ein Himmelsknabe,
Der der Jungfrau Schleier hält.
Hingesenkt im Schauen
Kann mir vor dem Irdischen nicht grauen.

Wo ich ihn nur habe,
Ist mein Vaterland;
Und es fällt mir jede Gabe,
Wie ein Erbtheil in die Hand:
Längst vermißte Brüder
Find' ich nun in seinen Jüngern wieder.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE

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A. Diepenbrock sets stanzas 1-2

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Confirmed with Novalis Schriften. Herausgegeben von Friedrich Schlegel und Ludwig Tieck. Zweiter Theil. Berlin, 1802- In der Buchhandlung der Realschule, pages 134-135; with Novalis Schriften. Herausgegeben von Ludwig Tieck und Fr. Schlegel. Dritte Auflage. Zweiter Theil. Berlin, 1815. In der Realschulbuchhandlung, pages 27-28; and with Novalis Schriften. Kritische Neuausgabe auf Grund des handschriftlichen Nachlasses von Ernst Heilborn. Erster Theil. 1901. Druck und Verlag von Georg Reimer Berlin, page 333.

First published in Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1802. Herausgegeben von A. W. Schlegel und L. Tieck. Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1802, pages 199-200.

1 Not set by Diepenbrock.

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


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If I only have Him

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

  If I only have Him,
 if He is only mine;
 if my heart up to the grave
 never forgets His constancy:
 I will know nothing of distress,
 I will feel nothing but devotion, love and joy.
 If I only have Him,
 I gladly leave everything else
 and with my wandering staff,
 simply follow my Lord with loyal thoughts:
 I am content to let others
 travel the broad, bright, and busy paths.
 If I only have Him
 I fall asleep happy.
 An eternally sweet refreshment for me
 is His heart's blood,
 that with gentle force
 melts and pervades everything.
 If I only have Him
 I also have the world;
 Blessed as a cherub
 who holds the Virgin's veil.
 Absorbed in thought,
 I cannot feel horror for anything mundane.
 If I only have Him
 I am in my homeland:
 and every gift falls
 like a legacy into my hand:
 long-lost brothers
 I now find again in His followers.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich von Hardenberg (1772 - 1801), as Novalis, no title, written 1799-1800, appears in Geistliche Lieder, no. 5, first published 1802 CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Magnus Böhme, Leopold Damrosch, Alphons Diepenbrock, Albert Hermann Dietrich, Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe, Luise Reichardt, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Franz Peter Schubert, Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling, C. F. Weitzmann, Moritz Weyermann. Go to the text.


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