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Vier Elemente

Language: German (Deutsch)

Vier Elemente
  Innig gesellt
Bilden das Leben, 
  Bauen die Welt.

Preßt der Citrone
  Saftigen Stern,
Herb ist das Lebens
  Innerster Kern.

Jetzt mit des Zuckers
  Linderndem Saft
Zähmet die herbe,
  Brennende Kraft.

Gießet des Wassers
  Sprudelndem Schwall,
Wasser umfänget
  Ruhig das All.

Tropfen des Geistes
  Gießet hinein,
Leben dem Leben
  Gibt er allein.

Eh es verdüftet,
  Schöpfet es schnell,
Nur wenn er glühet,
  Labet der Quell.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller, Zweiter Theil, Zweite, verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage, Leipzig, 1805, bei Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, pages 239-240.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Punchlied", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Punch song", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le Lied du punch", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-06-23 10:53:41
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Punch song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Four elements, 
intimately linked,
Form life 
and build the world.

Press the lemon's 
juicy star!
Bitter is Life's 
innermost kernel.

Now with sugar's 
sweetening juice,
Tame its sharp,
burning power.

Pour the water's
sparkling torrent!
Water quietly 
envelops All.

Drip in 
the spilling spirits!
For they alone 
give life to Life.

Before its flavor fades,
quaff it quickly!
The stream refreshes 
only when it glows.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805), "Punschlied", written 1803 DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Max Eberwein, Lenhuk, Eduard Marxsen, Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, Franz Peter Schubert, Wenzel Heinrich Veit. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
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Word count: 65