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Die Geselligkeit

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wer Lebenslust fühlet,
Der [bleibt]1 nicht allein;
Allein seyn ist öde - 
Wer kann sich da freun!
Im traulichen Kreise,
Beim herzlichen Kuß,
Beysammen zu leben
Ist Seelengenuß.

Das lehrt uns der Tauber -
[Vor]2 Liebe und Lust
Erhebt sich dem Täubchen
Die seidene Brust;
Es girret für Wonne,
Es lehret im Kuß,
Beysammen zu leben
[Sey]3 Herzensgenuß.
Geselligkeit fesselt
Die [schöne]4 Natur,
In Lüften, im Wasser,
Auf lachender Flur.
Er selber geboth es,
Der alles erschuf,
Beysammen zu leben
Sey Menschenberuf.

Dem [folge du Gute,
Und singe]5 nicht mehr,
Die Einsamkeit wäre
Nicht öde, nicht leer.
Allein seyn [erzeuget]6
Nur Sehnsucht und Schmerz;
Beysammen zu leben
Befriedigt das Herz.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Österreichisches Taschenbuch für das Jahr 1804. Mit Gedichten und Aufsätzen von [...]. Wien. Bey Anton Pichler, pages 49-50; with Der Neue Teutsche Merkur. vom Jahr 1804. Herausgegeben von C. M. Wieland. Erster Band. Weimar 1804. Im Verlage des L. Industrie-Comptoirs. 4. Stück. April 1804, pages 249-250; and with Joh. Ungers Lieder. Nachgeahmt oder Von ihm selbst gedichtet und in Musik gesetzt, pages 31-32 (Unger's manuscript book in British private possession).

In Österreichisches Taschenbuch Unger's poem has the subtitle Gegenlied. An Fräulein von S***. In Der Neue Teutsche Merkur the poem is printed with a different line break: two consecutive lines are merged into one.

Note: As indicated by the subtitle Gegenlied this poem is a response to the preceding poem in the book, titled Die Einsamkeit with the subtitle Lied, which was declaimed by a certain Fräulein von Sölewangen to whom Unger dedicated his "counter-poem" (and phrased the first line of the last stanza accordingly). Schubert received Unger's poem much later in manuscript form.

1 Unger (Teutscher Merkur): "lebt"
2 Unger's manuscript, and Schubert: "Für"
3 Schubert (in the repeat): "Ist"
4 Unger's manuscript, and Schubert: "ganze"
5 Unger (Teutscher Merkur), his manuscript, and Schubert: "folget ihr Guten, / Und singet"
6 Unger's manuscript: "vergnüget"

Submitted by Virginia Knight and Lau Kanen [Guest Editor] and Peter Rastl [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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La companyonia", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-08-19T07:12:44
Line count: 32
Word count: 110

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La companyonia

Language: Catalan (Català) after the German (Deutsch)

Qui gaudeix de la vida
no resta pas sol;
estar sol és avorrit,
d’això qui podria alegrar-se’n!
En un cercle íntim,
amb besades efusives,
viure ensems
és el goig de l’ànima.

Això ens ho ensenya el colom,
per amor i desig,
infla el seu pap
envers la coloma;
parrupa amb delit
i ens mostra amb el bes
que viure ensems
és el goig del cor.

La companyonia entrelliga
tota la natura,
a l’aire, a l’aigua,
al camp rialler.
Qui tot ho ha creat,
ell mateix decretà
que viure ensems
és la vocació dels humans.

Seguiu-lo, bona gent,
i no canteu més
que la solitud
no és avorrida, no és buida.
Estar sol produeix
només nostàlgia i dolor;
viure ensems dóna
satisfacció al cor.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2019 by Salvador Pila, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Karl Unger (1771 - 1836), "Die Geselligkeit" DUT ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Conradin Kreutzer, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-02-21T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2019-02-21T12:43:48
Line count: 32
Word count: 123