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Derselbe große Engel, welcher einst

Language: German (Deutsch)

Derselbe große Engel, welcher einst
ihr der Gebärung Botschaft niederbrachte,
stand da, abwartend daß sie ihn beachte,
und sprach: Jetzt wird es Zeit, daß du erscheinst.
Und sie erschrak wie damals und erwies
sich wieder als die Magd, ihn tief bejahend.
Er aber strahlte und, unendlich nahend,
schwand er wie in ihr Angesicht - und hieß
die weithin ausgegangenen Bekehrer
zusammenkommen in das Haus am Hang,
das Haus des Abendmahls. Sie kamen schwerer
und traten bange ein: Da lag, entlang
die schmale Bettstatt, die in Untergang
und Auserwählung rätselhaft Getauchte,
ganz unversehrt, wie eine Ungebrauchte,
und achtete auf englischen Gesang.
Nun da sie alle hinter ihren Kerzen
abwarten sah, riß sie vom Übermaß
der Stimmen sich und schenkte noch von Herzen
die beiden Kleider fort, die sie besaß,
und hob ihr Antlitz auf zu dem und dem...
(O Ursprung namenloser Tränen-Bäche).

Sie aber legte sich in ihre Schwäche
und zog die Himmel an Jerusalem
so nah heran, daß ihre Seele nur,
austretend, sich ein wenig strecken mußte:
schon hob er sie, der alles von ihr wußte,
hinein in ihre göttliche Natur.

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Knut W. Barde) , title 1: "From the Death of Mary", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Morte di Maria I", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Sur la mort de Marie I", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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From the Death of Mary

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 The same tall Angel who once brought the news
 Of the birth to her,
 Stood there, waiting for her to notice him,
 And spoke:  Now is the time for you to appear.
 And she was frightened as then and proved herself
 Again as the maid servant, deeply affirming his command.
 But he was radiant and coming infinitely closer,
 vanished, yet shone from her face, and called
 The widely dispersed proselytizers
 To gather at the house on the hill,
 The house of the last supper.  They arrived more heavily
 And entered with fear:  There she lay, stretched out
 In the narrow bedstead, mysteriously bathed in
 Ruin and in being chosen,
 Wholly unharmed, like one who had not been used,
 And listened to angelic song.
 Then, when she saw them all waiting behind their candles,
 she tore herself away from the surfeit of
 Of the voices and with an overflowing heart yet gave away
 the two dresses that she possessed,
 And lifted her face to this one and that one...
 (Oh origin of nameless brooks of tears).
 But she settled into her weakness
 And pulled the heavens down  to Jerusalem
 So closely, that her soul,
 As it left her, only had to stretch a little:
 Already he, who knew everything about her,
 Lifted her into her divine nature.

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