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Language: German (Deutsch)

Ertrage [dus]1, laß schneiden dir den Schmerz
Scharf durchs Gehirn und wühlen hart durchs Herz --
Das ist der Pflug, nach dem der Sämann sät,
Daß aus der Erde Wunden Korn ersteht. 

Korn, das der armen Seele Hunger stillt --
Mit Korn, o Vater, segne mein Gefild:
Reiß deinem Pflug erbarmungslos den Pfad,
Doch wirf auch ein in seine Furchen Saat!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Ferdinand Avenarius, Stimmen und Bilder. Neue Gedichte, Florenz und Leipzig: bei Eugen Diederichs, 1898, page 53.

1 Webern: "du's"

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Prayer", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Prière", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Last modified: 2018-10-13 06:23:10
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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Bear it, let pain cut sharply through
Your brain and burrow harshly through your heart --
That is the plow behind which the sower sows
So that wheat arises from the wounds of the earth.

Wheat that stills the hunger of the wretched soul --
With wheat, oh Father, bless my field:
Let your plow mercilessly tear its pathway,
But also throw seed into its furrows!

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Text added to the website: 2018-10-22.
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