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An die Leier

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Greek (Ελληνικά)

Ich will von Atreus' Söhnen,
Von Kadmus will ich singen!
Doch meine Saiten tönen
Nur Liebe im Erklingen.

Ich tauschte um die Saiten,
Die Leier möcht ich tauschen!
Alcidens Siegesschreiten
Sollt ihrer Macht entrauschen!

Doch auch die Saiten tönen
Nur Liebe im Erklingen!

So lebt denn wohl, Heroen!
Denn meine Saiten tönen
Statt Heldensang zu drohen,
Nur Liebe im Erklingen.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ITA

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Submitted by Richard Morris


Based on
  • a text in Greek (Ελληνικά) possibly by Anacreon (c582BCE - c485BCE) ENG ENG FRE DUT
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe. 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)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in Greek (Ελληνικά), original text by Anacreon (c582BCE - c485BCE) , title 1: "Εις λυραν", from Odes, no. 1 ENG GER FRE DUT by Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ITA FRE DUT by Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe.
  • Also set in English, a translation by John Berkenhead (1617 - 1679) GER FRE DUT by Henry Lawes.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875) , title 1: "Verschiedener Krieg", from Anakreontische Lieder, no. 2 [an adaptation] ENG FRE DUT by Fritz Schieri.
  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG GER FRE by Lodewijk Mortelmans.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "To the lyre", copyright ©
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Aan de lier", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) [singable] (Jakob Nikolaus, Reichsfreiherr von Craigher de Jachelutta) , title 1: "Alla cetra (Anacreontica)"
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "A la lira", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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