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Herzen, die gen Himmel sich erheben

Language: German (Deutsch)

Herzen, die gen Himmel sich erheben,
Thränen, die dem Auge still entbeben,
Seufzer, die den Lippen leis' entfliehn,
Wangen, die mit Andachtsglut sich malen,
Trunck'ne Blicke, die Entzückung stralen,
Danken dir, o Heilverkünderin!

Laura! Laura! horchend diesen Tönen,
Müssen Engelseelen sich verschönen,
Heilige den Himmel offen sehn,
Schwermuthsvolle Zweifler sanfter klagen,
Kalte Frevler an die Brust sich schlagen
Und wie Seraph Abbadona1 flehn!

Mit den Tönen des Triumphgesanges
Trank ich Vorgefühl des Ueberganges
Von der Grabnacht zum Verklärungsglanz!
Als vernähm' ich Engelmelodien
Wähnt' ich dir, o Erde, zu entfliehen,
Sah' schon unter mir der Sterne Tanz!

Schon umathmete mich [Himmelsmilde]2,
Schon begrüßt' ich jauchzend die Gefilde,
Wo des Lebens Strom durch Palmen fleußt!
Glänzend von der nähern Gottheit Strale,
Wandelte durch Paradiesesthale
Wonneschauernd mein entschwebter Geist!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich Matthisson, Mannheim in der neuen Hof- und akademischen Buchhandlung, 1787, pages 17-18, and with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, pages 11-12.

First published in Musen-Almanach für 1785, herausgegeben von Voß und Goeking, Hamburg, bey Carl Ernst Bohn, pages 92-93.

The poem differs, particularly in the fourth stanza, in the editions as of 1811.

Note: The title of the poem refers to C. H. Graun's then-famous setting of Klopstock’s poem Auferstehungslied [The Resurrection Song]. (Note provided by Laura Prichard).

1 The seraph Abbadona is a name in Klopstock's poem of the "penitent devil". (Note provided by Laura Prichard.) The poem is titled "Der Messias" (The Messiah) and probably would have been as familiar to contemporaries as the Auferstehungslied. (Note provided by Melanie Trumbull.)
2 Schubert: "des Himmels Milde"

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan Laura, toen zij Klopstocks Opstandingslied zong1", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To Laura, when she sang Klopstock's song of resurrection", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À Laura, quand elle chantait l'ode à la résurrection de Klopstock", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "A Laura, che cantava "Ode alla resurrezione" di Klopstock", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Aan Laura, toen zij Klopstocks Opstandingslied zong1

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

Harten die ten hemel stijgen willen,
Tranen die in ogen zachtjes trillen,
Zuchten die de lippen stil ontgaan,
Wangen waarop diepe gloed komt dwalen,
Dronken blikken die geluk uitstralen,
Danken jou, die opfleurt ons bestaan!
 
Laura! Laura! Luist'rend naar jouw tonen
Krijgen eng'len schaamrood op de konen,
Heil'gen zien de hemel open gaan,
Somb're dubbers gaan al zachter klagen,
Schurken voelen hun geweten knagen,
Schuldig zich als Abbadona2 staan!
 
Toen 'k jou hoorde dit triomflied zingen,
Voeld' ik haast mijn ziel al overspringen
Van de grafnacht naar de hemelglans!
Alsof eng'len zongen in de luchten,
Meend' ik jou, o aarde, te ontvluchten,
Zag al onder mij de sterrendans!
 
Hemelmildheid3 mij al zacht omwelde,
Reeds begroett' ik juichend gindse velden
Waar de levensstroom langs palmen vloeit;
Glanzend door van God uitgaande stralen
Wandelde door schitterende dalen
Huiv'rend van geluk mijn geest ontboeid!


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1 Deutsch heeft opgemerkt: 'Der Dichter spielt auf Grauns berühmte Komposition von Klopstocks gedicht Die Auferstehung an.' (Bron: Schochow, Franz Schubert. Die Texte seiner einstimmig komponierten Lieder und ihre Dichter. Hildesheim, New York, 1974)
2 Abbadona: A fallen angel, a seraph, at one time the chosen companion of the faithful Abdiel (q.v.). In Klopstock, The Messiah, Canto 21, Abbadona, not wholly committed to the rebellion and constantly bemoaning his apostasy, is called "the penitent angel." (Bron: The Dictionary of Angels" by Gustav Davidson, © 1967)
3 Hemelmildheid: elke lettergreep te zingen op een halve noot.

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