by (Karl) Theodor Körner (1791 - 1813)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Gott! Gott! höre meine Stimme
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Gott! Gott! höre meine Stimme,
Höre gnädig auf mein Flehn!
Sieh, ich liege hier im Staube!
Soll die Hoffnung, soll der Glaube
An dein Vaterherz vergehn?

Er soll es büßen mit seinem Blute,
Was er gewagt mit [freudigem]1 Muthe,
Was er für mich und die Liebe gethan?
Sind all die Wünsche nur eitle Träume,
Zerknickt die Hoffnung die zarten Keime,
Ist Lieb' und Seligkeit nur ein Wahn?

Nein! nein! das kannst du nicht gebieten,
Das wird dein Vaterherz verhüten,
Gott, du bist meine Zuversicht!
Du wirst zwey Herzen so nicht trennen,
Die nur vereinigt schlagen können!
Nein, Vater, nein, das kannst du nicht!

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Confirmed with Der vierjährige Posten. Ein Singspiel in einem Aufzuge, von Theodor Körner. Für das k.k. priv. Theater an der Wien. Wien 1813. Im Verlage bey Joh. Bapt. Wallishausser, pages 9-10.

The poem is Käthchen's aria (Scene 5).

1 Schubert: "frohem"

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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) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "God, wil mijn stem toch horen", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Dieu, entends ma voix", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Ascolta, Signore, la mia voce", copyright © 2009, (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: 2018-07-29 13:36:34
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God! Hear my voice
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
God! Hear my voice,
Listen graciously to my entreaties!
See, I lie here in the dust,
Should hope, should faith
Fade from your fatherly heart?
Didn’t he atone with his blood,
Didn’t he dare to do this with joyful courage,
For me, out of love?
Are all my wishes only vain dreams,
Do hope's tender buds wither,
Are love and bliss only delusions?

No, no, you can’t command this to be so,
Your fatherly heart will prevent this,
God, you are my refuge.
You will not separate two hearts,
You could not sever this union,
No, Father, no, you cannot!
No, no, no, you cannot!

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Text added to the website: 2016-05-10 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-05-10 12:55:25
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