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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

List of language codes

Submitted by Richard Morris

Authorship


Based on
  • a text in Greek (Ελληνικά) possibly by Anacreon (c582BCE - c485BCE) ENG ENG FRE
      • 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, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

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


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:23

Line count: 14
Word count: 60

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To the lyre

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Of Atreus' sons,
And of Cadmus I wish to sing!
But my strings sound out
only love in their tones.

I have changed the strings,
and I would even switch lyres!
Alcides' victory march
should roar forth in its might!

Yet even these new strings sound out
only love in their tones!

So be well, then, heroes!
For my strings will sound out,
instead of suspenseful, heroic song,
only love in their tones.


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

 

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:23

Line count: 14
Word count: 73