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Herzen, die gen Himmel sich erheben

Language: German (Deutsch)

Herzen, die gen Himmel sich erheben,
Thränen, die dem Auge still entbeben,
Seufzer, die den Lippen leis' entfliehn,
Wangen, die mit Andachtsglut sich malen,
Trunck'ne Blicke, die Entzückung stralen,
Danken dir, o Heilverkünderin!

Laura! Laura! horchend diesen Tönen,
Müssen Engelseelen sich verschönen,
Heilige den Himmel offen sehn,
Schwermuthsvolle Zweifler sanfter klagen,
Kalte Frevler an die Brust sich schlagen
Und wie Seraph Abbadona1 flehn!

Mit den Tönen des Triumphgesanges
Trank ich Vorgefühl des Ueberganges
Von der Grabnacht zum Verklärungsglanz!
Als vernähm' ich Engelmelodien
Wähnt' ich dir, o Erde, zu entfliehen,
Sah' schon unter mir der Sterne Tanz!

Schon umathmete mich [Himmelsmilde]2,
Schon begrüßt' ich jauchzend die Gefilde,
Wo des Lebens Strom durch Palmen fleußt!
Glänzend von der nähern Gottheit Strale,
Wandelte durch Paradiesesthale
Wonneschauernd mein entschwebter Geist!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich Matthisson, Mannheim in der neuen Hof- und akademischen Buchhandlung, 1787, pages 17-18, and with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, pages 11-12.

First published in Musen-Almanach für 1785, herausgegeben von Voß und Goeking, Hamburg, bey Carl Ernst Bohn, pages 92-93.

The poem differs, particularly in the fourth stanza, in the editions as of 1811.

Note: The title of the poem refers to C. H. Graun's then-famous setting of Klopstock’s poem Auferstehungslied [The Resurrection Song]. (Note provided by Laura Prichard).

1 The seraph Abbadona is a name in Klopstock's poem of the "penitent devil". (Note provided by Laura Prichard.) The poem is titled "Der Messias" (The Messiah) and probably would have been as familiar to contemporaries as the Auferstehungslied. (Note provided by Melanie Trumbull.)
2 Schubert: "des Himmels Milde"

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan Laura, toen zij Klopstocks Opstandingslied zong1", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To Laura, when she sang Klopstock's song of resurrection", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À Laura, quand elle chantait l'ode à la résurrection de Klopstock", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "A Laura, che cantava "Ode alla resurrezione" di Klopstock", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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A Laura, che cantava "Ode alla resurrezione" di Klopstock

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

Cuori, elevati al cielo,
lacrime, che negli occhi tremano mute,
sospiri, che dalle labbra volano lievi
guance, accese dalla devozione,
sguardi inebriati, che irradiano incanto,
Ti siamo grati, messaggera di salvezza!

Laura! Laura! Ascoltando queste musiche,
Si fanno più belli gli spiriti angelici,
i santi vedono spalancarsi le porte del cielo,
i dubbiosi, pieni di malinconia, smorzano il loro lamento,
I peccatori crudeli si battono il petto,
pregando come il serafino Abbadona!

Con le musiche del canto trionfale,
ho assaggiato un sorso del passaggio
dal buio della tomba alla luce della trasfigurazione!
Come ascoltando melodie angeliche,
mi sembrava di essere fuggito, o terra, da te
e di vedere le stelle danzare ai miei piedi!

Già mi spirava intorno la dolcezza del cielo,
con gioia salutavo i campi dei beati
dove il fiume della vita scorre fra i palmizi!
Brillando immersa nella luce divina,
la mia anima percorreva le valli del Paradiso
tutta fremente di beatitudine.

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