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Oben drehen sich die großen

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Slovenian (Slovenščina)

Oben drehen sich die großen
Unbekannten Welten dort,
Von dem Sonnenlicht umflossen
Kreisen sie die Bahnen fort!
Traulich reihet sich der Sterne
Zahlenloses Heer ringsum,
Sieht sich lächelnd durch die Ferne
Und verbreitet Gottes Ruhm.

Eine lichte Straße gleitet
Durch das weite Blau herauf,
Und die Macht der Gottheit leitet
Schwebend hier den Sternenlauf;
Alles hat sich zugeründet,
Alles wogt in Glanz und Brand,
Und dieß große All verkündet
Eine hohe Bildnerhand.

Jene Sternenheere weisen,
Schöpfer! deine Majestät!
Selig kann nur der sich preisen,
Dessen Geist zu dir entweht;
Nur dein Loblied wird er singen,
Wohnen ob dem Sphärengang,
Freudig sich durch Welten schwingen,
Trinkend reinen Engelsang.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Deutsch-Slovenisches Lesebuch. Herausgegeben von Johann Nep. Primitz, öffentlichem Professor der Slovenischen Sprache an dem Lyceo zu Grätz. Grätz, Im Verlage bey Josepha Miller, 1813, pages 64-65 (title: "Die Sternenwelten"); and with Selam. Ein Almanach für Freunde des Mannigfaltigen. Herausgegeben von I.F.Castelli. Dritter Jahrgang 1814. Wien, gedruckt und im Verlage bey Anton Strauß, pages 312-315 (title: "Die Sternwelten").

Submitted by Richard Morris 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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De sterrenwerelden", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "The world of the stars", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Les mondes des étoiles", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-05 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-04-04 03:53:59

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Les mondes des étoiles

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

Là-haut, tournent les immenses
Mondes inconnus là-bas,
Et baignés dans la lumière du soleil,
Ils tournent en rond dans leur course ;
Gentiment autour d'eux les étoiles
Étendent leurs troupes innombrables,
En souriant elles se regardent de loin
Et proclament la gloire de Dieu.

Un chemin lumineux glisse
À travers le vaste firmament bleu,
Et le pouvoir de Dieu guide
La course des étoiles qui flottent ;
Tout a atteint la perfection ;
Tout tourbillonne dans la lumière et le feu,
Et l'immense univers proclame
La main du très haut sculpteur.

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