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O grüner Baum des Lebens

Language: German (Deutsch)

O grüner Baum des Lebens,
In meiner Brust versteckt,
Laß mich nicht flehn vergebens!
Ich habe dich entdeckt.
O zeige mir die Wege
Durch diesen tiefen Schnee,
Wenn ich den Fuß bewege,
So gleit' ich von der Höh'.
Ich bliebe dir gern eigen,
Ich gäb mich selber auf, -
Willst du den Weg mir zeigen,
Soll enden hier mein Lauf?
Mein Denken ist verschwunden,
Es schlief das Haupt mir ein,
Es ist mein Herz entbunden
Von der Erkenntnis Schein.
Ich werd' in Strahlen schwimmen,
Aus dieses Leibes Nacht,
Wohin kein Mensch kann klimmen,
Mit des Gedankens Macht.
Es ward mein Sinn erheitert,
Die Welt mir aufgetan,
Der Geist in Gott erweitert,
Unendlich ist die Bahn!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Achim von Arnim Werke, Band 5, Achim von Arnim Gedichte, herausgegeben von Ulfert Ricklefs, Frankfurt am Main: Deutscher Klassiker Verlag, 1994, page 943

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani and Sharon Krebs [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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ô arbre de vie vert", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-07-13 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-05-03 13:32:16

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