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Aus den Gärten komm' ich zu euch, ihr...

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Aus den Gärten komm' ich zu euch, ihr Söhne des Berges!
Aus den Gärten, da lebt die Natur geduldig und häuslich,
Pflegend und wieder gepflegt mit dem fleißigen Menschen zusammen.
Aber]1 ihr, ihr Herrlichen! steht, wie ein Volk von Titanen
In der zahmeren Welt und gehört nur euch und dem Himmel,
Der euch nährt' und erzog, und der Erde, die euch geboren.
Keiner von euch ist noch in [die Schule der Menschen]2 gegangen,
Und ihr drängt euch fröhlich und frei, [aus der kräftigen]3 Wurzel,
Unter einander herauf und ergreift, wie der Adler die Beute,
Mit [gewaltigem Arme]4 den Raum, und gegen die Wolken
Ist euch heiter und groß die sonnige Krone gerichtet.
Eine Welt ist jeder von euch, wie die Sterne des Himmels
Lebt ihr, jeder ein Gott, in freiem Bunde zusammen.
[Könnt' ich die Knechtschaft nur erdulden, ich neidete nimmer
Diesen Wald und schmiegte mich gern ans gesellige Leben.
Fesselte nur nicht mehr ans gesellige Leben das Herz mich,
Das von Liebe nicht läßt, wie gern würd' ich unter euch wohnen.]1

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 omitted by Reger.
2 Reger: "der Menschen Schule"
3 Reger: "aus kräftiger"
4 Reger: "gewaltigen Armen"

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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "You, you majestic ones!", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-08-17.
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You, you majestic ones!

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You, you majestic ones! You stand like a host of titans
from a tamer world, and you belong only to yourselves, to heaven,
who nourished and raised you, and to the Earth, who bore you.
None of you has walked yet in the school of man,
and you spring, joyous and free, from strong roots,
seizing space, like an eagle its prey,
with powerful arms; and to the clouds
you direct your sunny crowns, fine and great.
Each of you is a world, like the stars of the sky
you live, each a god, together in free union.

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