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Das große Halleluja

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ehre sey dem Hocherhabnen, dem Ersten, dem Vater der Schöpfung,
Dem unsre [Psalme]1 stammeln,
Obgleich der wunderbare Er
Unaussprechlich, und undenkbar ist.

Eine Flamme von dem Altar an dem Thron
Ist in [unsre]2 Seele geströmt!
Wir [freun]3 uns Himmelsfreuden,
Daß wir sind, und über Ihn erstaunen können!

Ehre sey ihm auch von uns an den Gräbern hier,
Obwohl an seines Thrones lezten Stufen
Des Erzengels niedergeworfne Krone
Und seines Preisgesangs Wonne tönt.

Ehre sey und Dank und Preis dem Hocherhabnen, dem Ersten,
Der nicht begann, und nicht aufhören wird!
Der sogar des [Staubes]4 Bewohnern gab,
Nicht aufzuhören.

Ehre dem Wunderbaren,
Der unzählbare Welten in den Ocean der Unendlichkeit aussäte!
Und sie [mit Heerschaaren Unsterblicher füllte]5,
Daß Ihn sie liebten, und selig wären durch Ihn!

Ehre dir! [Ehre dir!]6 Ehre dir!
Hocherhabner! Erster!
Vater der Schöpfung!
Unaussprechlicher! [Undenkbarer]7!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-4, 6

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Confirmed with Oden von Klopstock. WIEN, gedruckt bey Joh. Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, k.k. Hofdruckern und Buchhändlern. 1784, pages 66-67; and with Klopstocks Oden. Erster Band. Leipzig bey Georg Joachim Göschen. 1798, pages 227-228.

1 Schubert: "Psalmen"
2 Klopstock (1798 edition): "unsere"
3 Klopstock (1798 edition): "freuen"
4 Schubert "Staubs"
5 Klopstock (1798 edition): "füllete mit Heerschaaren Unsterblicher"
6 Schubert: "Ehre,"
7 Schubert: "o Undenkbarer"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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) , "El gran al•leluia", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het grote Alleluja", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The great hallelujah", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le grand alléluia", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The great hallelujah

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

We honour the Sublime One, the First One, the Father of Creation -
He to whom we address our psalms
although the Wonderful One
is inexpressible and unimaginable!

A flame from the altar by the throne
is ignited in our souls.
We rejoice with heavenly joy,
that we exist and can be so amazed by Him.

We honour him at the edge of the graves here,
even though at the last step of his throne
the archangel has thrown down his crown
and sings his song of praise and bliss!

We honor, thank and praise the Sublime One, the First One -
He who has no beginning and no end,
He who gave even the inhabitants of dust

Glory be to Thee! Glory be to Thee!
Sublime One, First One,
Father of Creation!
Inexpressible, Unimaginable One!!

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