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Da liegen sie alle, die grauen Höhn

Language: German (Deutsch)

Da liegen sie alle, die grauen Höhn, 
die dunkeln Täler in milder Ruh; 
der Schlummer waltet, die Lüfte wehn 
keinen laut der Klage mir zu.

Für alle hab ich gesorgt und gestrebt,
mit Sorgen trank ich den funkelnden Wein; 
die Nacht ist gekommen, der Himmel belebt,
meine Seele will ich erfreun.

O du goldene Schrift durch den Sternenraum ! 
zu dir ja schau ich liebend empor.
Ihr Wunderklänge, vernommen kaum, 
wie besäuselt ihr sehnlich mein Ohr !

Mein Haar ist ergraut, mein Auge getrübt,
die Siegeswaffen hängen im Saal,
habe Recht gesprochen und Recht geübt. 
wann darf ich rasten einmal ?

O selige Rast, wie verlang' ich dein ! 
O herrliche Nacht, wie säumst du so lang',
da ich schaue der Sterne lichteren Schein, 
und höre volleren Klang !

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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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)

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le roi sur la tour", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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The king on the tower

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The cold gray hills they bind me around,
The darksome valleys lie sleeping below,
But the winds as they pass o'er all this ground,
Bring me never a sound of woe!

Oh! for all I have suffered and striven,
Care has embittered my cup and my feast;
But here is the night and the dark blue heaven,
And my soul shall be at rest.

O golden legends writ in the skies!
I turn towards you with longing soul,
And list to the awful harmonies
Of the Spheres as on they roll.

My hair is gray and my sight nigh gone;
My sword it rusteth upon the wall;
Right have I spoken, and right have I done:
When shall I rest me once for all?

O blessed rest! O royal night!
Wherefore seemeth the time so long
Till I see you stars in their fullest light,
And list to their loudest song?

First published in Fraser's Magazine, May 1838

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862), "Der König auf dem Turme", appears in Lieder FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wilhelm Reinhard Berger, Rudolf Buck, Wilhelm Freudenberg, Conradin Kreutzer, Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe, Hans Schläger, Albert Theodor Töpken, Felix Paul Weingartner. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2009-03-23 00:00:00.
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