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Herr, ich liebte

Language: German (Deutsch)

Herr, ich liebte
Aller Dinge

Herr, ich kniete
Vor dem

Spielte mit den Teufeln
Um das goldne Glück.
Ein verspielter

Morgentau beglänzte
Meine Einsamkeit.
Schwüre warf ich schwärmend
In den roten Mond.
Herr, ich trog den Treusten,
Häufte Ekel,
Kotigen Gewinst.

Herr, laß mich in dich verlieren;
Laß mich schweben mit den Wolken,
Laß mich singen mit den Vögeln,
Laß mich glänzen mit den Sternen,
Laß mich lieben mit den Tieren --
Schreiten mit dem Schreitenden.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Klabund Werke - Band 4, Gedichte Teil 1, ed. Ralf Georg Bogner, Heidelberg: Elfenbein Verlag, 2000, pages 234-235.

Submitted by 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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Lord, I loved", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Seigneur, j'ai aimé", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-10-27 21:59:01

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Seigneur, j'ai aimé

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Seigneur, j'ai aimé,
De toutes choses,
La plus basse,
La plus noire.

Seigneur, je me suis agenouillé

J'ai joué avec des diables
Pour la passion de l'or.

La rosée du matin éclairait
Ma solitude.
Je lançait des jurons
À la lune rouge;
Seigneur, j'ai trahi les plus fidèles,
Accumulé le dégoût,
D'immondes profits.

Seigneur, laisse-moi me perdre en toi ;
Fais-moi planer avec les nuages,
Fais-moi chanter avec les oiseaux,
Fais-moi briller avec les étoiles,
Fais-moi aimer avec les animaux –
Marcher avec ceux qui marchent.

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