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Wem Gott will rechte Gunst erweisen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wem Gott will rechte Gunst erweisen,
Den schickt er in die weite Welt,
Dem will er seine Wunder weisen
In Berg und Wald und Strom und Feld.

Die Trägen, die zu Hause liegen,
Erquicket nicht das Morgenrot,
Sie wissen nur vom Kinderwiegen,
Von Sorgen, Last und Not [um]1 Brot.

Die Bächlein von den Bergen springen,
Die Lerchen schwirren hoch vor Lust,
Was sollt' ich nicht mit ihnen singen
Aus voller Kehl' und frischer Brust?

Den lieben Gott [laß ich nur]2 walten;
Der Bächlein, Lerchen, [Wald]3 und Feld,
Und Erd' und Himmel will erhalten,
Hat auch mein Sach' aufs Best' bestellt.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy sets stanzas 1, 3-4

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Sometimes titled "Reisesegen"
1 Schumann "ums"
2 Schumann: "nur laß' ich"
3 Schumann: "Wind"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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) , "De vrolijke globetrotter", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The happy wanderer", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27
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Word count: 100

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The happy wanderer

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 When God wishes to show true favour to someone,
 he sends him out into the wide world
 and points out his miracles
 in mountain and wood and river and field.
 The indolent ones who laze at home
 are not refreshed by the dawn;
 they only know about rearing children,
 about cares, burdens and miseries - and all for bread.
 The brook springs out of the mountains,
 the larks zip high with pleasure;
 is there anything I should not sing with them
 with full throat and fresh spirit?
 Let dear God alone prevail;
 He sustains the brook, the larks, the wind and field,
 and the earth and sky;
 and he has also ordered my life for the best.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857), "Der frohe Wandersmann", appears in Gedichte, in 1. Wanderlieder DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johann Bernhard André, Cl. Engels, Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich, Alexis Holländer, Wilhelm Martens, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Othmar Schoeck, Robert Schumann. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27
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Word count: 118