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Language: German (Deutsch)

Frei wie des Adlers mächtiges Gefieder
Erhebe sich zur Sonne der Gesang,
Und ungehindert wie des Sturmes Drang
Ergiesse sich der Strom der Lieder.

Denn in der Freiheit nur gedeiht das Schöne,
Nur fessellos ergreift es das Gemüth; 
Wie uns das Reich des Lenzes frei umblüht,
Umwog uns auch das Reich der Töne. 

Dann ruht der Himmel auf der Lieder schwingen,
Das Höchste, was die freie Seele kennt, 
Die freudig sich vom Druck des Staubes trennt,
Zum Ätherzelt empor zu dringen.

Confirmed with Ludwig Schnabel, Gedichte, Hamburg: Carl Fischer, 1861, page 3.

Submitted by Melanie Trumbull


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Heinrich August Marschner (1795 - 1861), "Liedesfreiheit", op. 75 (4 Gesänge) no. 1, published 1833 [vocal quartet for male voices], confirmed with Erstes deutsches Sängerbundesfest in Dresden 1865, voice part for first Tenor, Dresden: Röder [ sung text checked 1 time]

Text added to the website: 2018-11-28 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-11-28 11:33:03

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