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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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Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Vier elementen, 
elkander trouw,
Geven het leven,
de wereld hun bouw.

Pers van citroenen
't sappige hart!
Scherp is van 't leven
't binnenste part.

Tem nu met suiker
de brandende kracht,
Zodat de scherpte 
zoet wordt verzacht!

Giet nu het water 
met sprank'lende val!
Water omvademt 
rustig het Al.

Geestrijke druppels 
giet dan daarbij!
Leven aan 't leven, 
dat geven zij.

Eer 't gaat vervliegen, 
schep het maar snel!
Enkel heet gloeiend
laaft deze wel.

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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2008 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805), "Punschlied", written 1803 ENG 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: 2008-01-14.
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