by Friedrich von Matthisson (1761 - 1831)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Die Betende
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Laura betet! Engelharfen hallen
[Frieden]1 Gottes in ihr krankes Herz,
Und, wie Abels Opferdüfte, wallen
Ihre Seufzer himmelwärts.

Wie sie kniet, in Andacht hingegossen,
Schön, wie Raphael die Unschuld malt!
Vom Verklärungsglanze schon umflossen,
Der um Himmelswohner strahlt.

O sie fühlt, im leisen, linden Wehen,
[Froh des Hocherhabnen]2 Gegenwart,
Sieht im Geiste schon die Palmenhöhen,
Wo der Lichtkranz ihrer harrt!

So von Andacht, so von Gottvertrauen
Ihre engelreine Brust geschwellt,
Betend diese Heilige zu schauen,
Ist ein Blick in jene Welt!

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, page 6; and with Friedrich Matthisson's auserlesene Gedichte, herausgegeben von Joh. Heinr. Füssli, Zürich, bey Orell, Gessner, Füssli und Compagnie, 1791, page 78.

First published in Lieder von Friedrich Matthisson. Breslau, bey Gottlieb Löwe. 1781, page 36; and then, with Rust's setting, in Deutsches Museum Erster Band. Jänner bis Junius. 1784. Leipzig, in der Weygandschen Buchhandlung. Erstes Stück. Januar 1784, in the appendix following page 96.

1 Matthisson (1781 edition), and Rust: "Tröstung"
2 Matthisson (1781 edition), and Rust: "Näher ihres Gottes"

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La dona pregant", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De biddende", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The praying woman", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La femme à la prière", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Colei che prega", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-03-15 05:07:18
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The praying woman
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Laura is praying! Angel's harps echo
 the peace of God in her sick heart,
 and, like the fragrance of Abel's sacrifices, waft
 her sighs toward Heaven.
 
 How she kneels, pouring out her devotion,
 as fair as Raphael could paint Innocence;
 already bathed in the radiance of transfiguration
 that streams from those that dwell in Heaven.
 
 O she feels, in the gentle, quiet breeze,
 glad of the presence of the higher beings;
 she's already looking at the spirits in the palmy heights,
 where her halo awaits!
 
 So with devotion, so by trust in God,
 her angel-pure breast swells
 and this saintly woman gazes, praying;
 it is a glimpse into another world.

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:40
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