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Doch vor dem Apostel Thomas, der

Language: German (Deutsch)

Doch vor dem Apostel Thomas, der
kam, da es zu spät war, trat der schnelle
längst darauf gefaßte Engel her
und befahl an der Begräbnisstelle:

Dräng den Stein beiseite. Willst du wissen,
wo die ist, die dir das Herz bewegt:
Sieh: sie ward wie ein Lavendelkissen
eine Weile da hineingelegt,

daß die Erde künftig nach ihr rieche
in den Falten wie ein feines Tuch.
Alles Tote (fühlst du), alles Sieche
ist betäubt von ihrem Wohl-Geruch.

Schau den Leinwand: wo ist eine Bleiche,
wo er blendend wird und geht nicht ein?
Dieses Licht aus dieser reinen Leiche
war ihm klärender als Sonnenschein.

Staunst du nicht, wie sanft sie ihm entging?
Fast als wär sie's noch, nichts ist verschoben.
Doch die Himmel sind erschüttert oben:
Mann, knie hin und sieh mir nach und sing.

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Knut W. Barde) , title 1: "From the Death of Mary", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Morte di Maria III", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Sur la mort de Marie III", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Morte di Maria III

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Ma davanti all'apostolo Tommaso,
che era giunto in ritardo, veloce apparve 
l'angelo da tempo pronto a quel momento
e ordinò, presso la sepoltura:
Spingi la pietra da parte. Se vuoi sapere,
dove è colei, che ti tocca nel cuore:
Guarda: come un cuscino di lavanda
qui è stata a giacere qualche tempo,
in modo che, in futuro, di Lei possa odorare la terra
in ogni piega, come un fine panno.
Tutto ciò che è morto (lo avverti), ciò che è malato
dal Suo buon profumo resta inebriato.
Guarda il sudario: con quale candeggio,
poteva diventare così bianco senza ritirarsi?
La luce di questa pura salma,
più di quella del sole, lo ha fatto così candido.
Non ti stupisci, di come dolcemente ne è uscita?
Come se vi giacesse ancora, nulla fu mosso.
E tuttavia i cieli , lassù, sono commossi:
uomo, inginocchiati, guarda verso di me e canta.

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