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Dem Unendlichen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie erhebt sich das Herz, wenn es dich,
Unendlicher, denkt! wie sinkt es,
[Wenns]1 auf sich herunterschaut!
Elend [schauts]2 wehklagend dann, und Nacht und Tod!

Allein du rufst mich aus meiner Nacht, der im Elend, der im [Tod]3 hilft!
Dann denk ich es ganz, daß du ewig mich schufst,
Herlicher! den kein Preis, unten am Grab', oben am Thron,
Herr [Herr]4 Gott, den dankend entflamt, kein Jubel genug besingt.

Weht, Bäume des Lebens, ins Harfengetön!
Rausche mit ihnen ins Harfengetön, krystallner Strom!
Ihr lispelt und rauscht, und, Harfen, ihr tönt
Nie es ganz! Gott ist es, den ihr preist!

[Donnert, Welten, in feyerlichem Gang, in der Posaunen Chor!
Du Orion, Wage, du auch!]5
Tönt all' ihr Sonnen auf der Straße voll Glanz,
In der Posaunen Chor!

Ihr Welten, [donnert]6
[Und du]7, der Posaunen Chor, hallest
Nie es ganz, Gott; nie es ganz, Gott,
Gott, Gott ist es, den ihr preist!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Klopstocks Oden. Erster Band. Leipzig bey Georg Joachim Göschen. 1798, pages 191-192; and with Oden von Klopstock. WIEN, gedruckt bey Joh. Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, k.k. Hofdruckern und Buchhändlern. 1784, pages 5859.

1 Schubert: "Wenn es"
2 Schubert (1st version only): "schaut"
3 Schubert: "Tode"
4 omitted by Schubert
5 Schubert: "Welten, donnert, in feierlichem Gang, / Welten donnert in der Posaunen Chor" (3rd version "im feierlichen" instead of "in feierlichem")
6 Schubert: "ihr donnert"
7 Schubert: "Du"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "A l'Infinit", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan de Oneindige", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To the Infinite One", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À l'Infini", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2018-07-10 12:30:03

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À l'Infini

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Comme le cœur s'élève quand il tourne vers toi,
Infini, ses pensées ! comme il sombre
Quand il se regarde intérieurement !
Pitoyable il se lamente alors en voyant la nuit et la mort !

Seul, tu m'appelles de ma nuit, toi qui apportes ton aide dans la détresse, dans la mort,
Alors je me représente pleinement que tu m'as fait éternel,
Seigneur, pour qui aucune louange, sous la tombe ou en haut du trône
Seigneur, Seigneur Dieu, en remerciement , aucune allégresse ne peut suffire !

Soufflez, arbres de vie, en écho aux harpes !
Murmurez avec elles, en écho aux harpes, courant cristallin !
Susurrez et murmurez, et, vous, harpes, résonnez
Mais jamais trop fort ! C'est Dieu que vous louez !

Tonnez, mondes, dans une course solennelle, dans le chœur des trombones !
Toi Orion, ose, toi aussi !
Résonnez, vous tous, soleils sur les rues brillantes,
Dans le chœur des trombones !

Vous, mondes, tonnez,
Toi, chœur des trombones, résonne,
Jamais trop fort : Dieu -- jamais trop fort : Dieu,
Dieu, c'est Dieu que vous louez !


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