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Why ‑‑ do they shut me out of Heaven?

Language: English

Why -- do they shut me out of Heaven?
Did I sing -- too loud?
But -- I can sing a little minor,
Timid as a bird.

Wouldn't the angels try me -- 
just -- once -- more --
Just -- see -- if I troubled them --
But don't -- shut the door!

Oh if I -- were the Gentlemen 
in the White [Robe]1
and they -- were the little Hand -- that knocked --
Could -- I -- forbid?

Why do they shut me out of Heaven?
Did I sing too loud?

Translation(s): CAT FRE GER ITA

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1 Copland: "Robes"

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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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Pourquoi m'ont-ils fermé la porte du ciel", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "Per què m’han tancat les portes del cel?", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Warum ist mir die Himmelstür versperrt?

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Warum ist mir die Himmelstür versperrt?
Sang ich denn zu laut?
Wohl kann ich's etwas leiser,
wie ein Vogel, zag.

Würden es die Engel wagen
einmal mehr,
nur  zu sehen, ob ich stör' -  
jedoch, die Tür lasst auf!

Oh, wäre ich die Herren
in ihrem Lichtgewand,
und sie die kleine Hand, die pocht - 
könnt' ich es dann verwehren?

Warum ist mir die Himmelstür versperrt?
Sang ich denn zu laut?

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  • Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2011 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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