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Language: German (Deutsch)

In der Freie will ich leben.
In dem Sarge dumpft der Tod.
Sieh nur dort das Abendroth
Um die heitern Hügel weben.
In der Freie blüht das Leben,
In der Enge hockt die Noth.

Eilt, drum eilt hinaus zu streben,
Eh das Herz zu stocken droht!
Licht und Luft und Raum ist noth.
In der Freie will ich leben.
Traute Vögel, laßt uns schweben,
Folgsam der Natur Gebot.

Translation(s): DUT

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Confirmed with Blätter von Karl Lappe. Erstes Heft. Lied und Leben. Stralsund, 1824. Gedruckt in der Königl. Regierungs-Buchdruckerei, page 76; and with Karl Lappe's sämmtliche poetische Werke. Ausgabe letzter Hand. Erster Theil. Rostock, Verlag von J. M. Oeberg. 1836, page 60.

First published in an different version, see below.

Submitted by Fred Küttner 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)

Another version of this text exists in the database.

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Vlucht", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-06-13.
Last modified: 2017-10-04 12:36:29
Line count: 12
Word count: 68

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Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

In de ruimte wil ik leven,
In de kist wacht ons de dood,
In de ruimte wil ik leven!
Zie zich ginds het avondrood
Om de lichte heuvels weven:
In de ruimte bloeit het leven,
In de engte hokt de nood.
Vlug ons dus naar 't land begeven,
Vóór het hart te stokken dreigt;
Zorg dat 't licht en adem krijgt.
In de ruimte wil ik leven.
Lieve vogels, laat ons zweven;
Waar ook de natuur toe neigt.

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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2012 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Karl Gottlieb Lappe (1773 - 1843), "Flucht", first published 1815
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-01-17.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:45
Line count: 13
Word count: 78