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O Sonn', o Meer, o Rose!

Language: German (Deutsch)

O Sonn', o Meer, o Rose!
Wie wenn die Sonne triumphierend sich
Hebt über Sterne, die am Himmel stunden,
Ein Schimmer nach dem andern leis' erblich,
Bis alle sind in einen Glanz geschwunden;
So hab' ich, Liebste, dich
Du kamst, da war, was je mein Herz empfunden,
In dich.

O Sonn', o Meer, o Rose!
Wie wenn des Meeres Arme aufthun sich
Den Strömen, die nach ihnen sich gewunden,
Hinein sich diese stürzen brünstiglich,
Bis sie die Ruh im tiefen Schooß gefunden;
So, Liebste, hab' ich dich
Sich hat mein Herz mit allen Sehnsuchtswunden
In dich.

O Sonn', o Meer, o Rose!
Wie wenn im Frühling tausendfältig sich
Ein buntes Grün hat ringend losgewunden,
Ein hadernd Volk, bis Rose, königlich
Eintretend, es zum Kranz um sich verbunden;
So, Liebste, hab' ich dich
Der Kranz des Daseyns muss sich blühend runden,
In dich.

Translation(s): DUT 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)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "O zon, o zee, o roos, jij!", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "O sun, o sea, o rose!", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ô soleil, Ô mer, Ô rose !", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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O sun, o sea, o rose!

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

O sun, o sea, o rose!
Just as when the sun in triumph
rises over the stars that were in the sky,
and one glow after another quietly fades
until all have disappeared into a single radiance;
so have I, beloved,
found thee;
you came, and everything I had ever felt
into thee.

O sun, o sea, o rose!
Just as when the sea's arms open up
to the rivers that have wound their way to them,
and the rivers plunge into them ardently
until they find rest in the deepest bed of the sea;
so have I, beloved,
felt thee;
my heart, with all its wounds of longing,
released itself
into thee.

O sun, o sea, o rose!
Just as when in the spring, in thousandfold,
a bright green has, struggling, won freedom,
a squabbling race, until the rose, royally
entering, has woven it into a wreath around herself;
so have I, beloved,
encircled thee;
the wreath of existence will be rounded out in blooms,
into thee.

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