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Die Harfe hat des Gottgeliebten Hand

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Die Harfe hat des Gottgeliebten Hand,
Der königliche Sänger einst geschlagen!
Musik hat sie geheiligt und empfand
Bei ihrem Klang ein seelenvolles Klagen;
Ihr Schweigen wird nun doppelt schwer [sie tragen!]1
Sie weckte selbst im eh'rnen Mann Gefühl, 
Lieh manche Tugend ihm, die er nicht kannte; 
Es war kein Ohr so stumpf, kein Herz so kühl, 
Das nicht bei ihrer Töne Klang entbrannte, 
Bis man sie mächt'ger als den Thron benannte.

Sie sang einst unsres Königs Sieg und Glanz,
Sie pries den Ewigen mit tausend Heilen,
Sie ließ sich drehn der Hügel bunten Kranz,
Die Cedern wanken und die Thäler eilen,
Gen Himmel schwebt ihr Ton, um dort zu weilen.
Auf Erden zwar verklang sie jedem Ohr,
Andacht mit ihrer Tochter Liebe schüren
Nur noch die Herzen an mit einem Chor
Von [Tönen,]2 Träumen, die vom Himmel rühren
Und die kein Licht des Tages kann entführen.3

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1 Végh: "ertragen..."
2 Végh: "Tönen und"
3 Végh adds: "die kein Licht des Tages entführt!"

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-05-22.
Last modified: 2018-10-10 06:08:45
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This harp was once plucked by the hand

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

This harp was once plucked by the hand 
Of one whom God loves, the royal singer!
Music sanctified it and at its sounding
Felt a soulful lamenting;
It shall now [bear] its silence with double difficulty!1
Even in the hard-hearted man it wakened feeling;
Lent him many a virtue that he did not know;
No ear was so dulled, no heart so cold
That it did not come aglow at the sound of its tones,
Until [the harp] was deemed mightier than the throne.

It once sang of the victories and splendour of our king,
It praised the Eternal One with a thousand hails,
The colourful wreath of hills twirled at its command,
The cedars tottered and the valleys hastened,
Its sound wafted to Heaven in order to dwell there.
To be sure, upon earth it faded away for every ear;
Along with its daughter, Love, reverence is 
Now stirred in hearts only by a choir
Of [tones,]2 dreams that come from Heaven
And that no light of day may carry off.3

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Translations of title(s):
"Die Harfe der Gottgeliebten" = "The harp of those whom God loves"
"Die Harfe hat des Gottgeliebten" = "The harp [was once plucked by the hand] of one whom God loves"
"Die Harfe" = "The harp"

1 Végh: "suffer its silence with double difficulty..."
2 Végh: "sounds and"
3 Végh adds: "that no light of day carries off!"


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Text added to the website: 2019-03-02.
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