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Todesmusik

Language: German (Deutsch)

In des Todes Feierstunde1
Senke, heilige Kamöne,
Noch einmal die stillen Lieder,
Noch einmal die [süßen]2 Töne
Auf die tiefe Abschiedswunde
Meines Busens heilend nieder,
Hebe aus den ird'schen Ringen
Die bedrängte reine Seele,
Trage sie auf deinen Schwingen:
Daß sie sich dem Licht vermähle. -

O da werden mich die Klänge
[Traut]3 und wonnevoll umwehen,
Und die Ketten, die ich sprenge,
Werden still und leicht vergehen.
Alles Große werd' ich sehen,
Das im Leben mich beglückte,
Alles Schöne, das mir blühte,
Wird verherrlicht vor mir stehen.
Jeden Stern, der mir erglühte,
Der mit freundlichem Gefunkel
Durch das [hoffnungslose]4 Dunkel
Meines kurzen Weges blickte,
Jede Blume, die ihn schmückte,
Werden mir die Töne bringen;
Und die schrecklichen Minuten,
Wo ich schmerzlich könnte bluten,
Werden mich mit Lust umklingen;
Und Verklärung werd' ich sehen
Ausgegossen über allen Dingen.
So in Wonne werd' ich untergehen,
Süß verschlungen von der Freude Fluthen.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Franz von Schober. Stuttgart und Tübingen. J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag. 1842, pages 70-71; and with Gedichte von Franz von Schober. Zweite, vermehrte Auflage. Leipzig Verlagsbuchhandlung von J. J. Weber. 1865, pages 85-86.

Note: Schubert received all poems from Schober in handwritten form. A (possibly later) autograph of this poem is kept in the Vienna City Library.

1 Schubert adds here the two lines which appear in Schober's manuscript, but have been crossed out:
Wenn ich einst von hinnen scheide,
Und den Kampf, den letzten, leide,
2 Schubert: "reinen"
3 Schubert: "Süß"
4 Schober (Manuscript), and Schubert: "grauenvolle"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Authorship

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) , "Música de morts", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Doodsmuziek", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Death music", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Musique funèbre", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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