by Rudolf Kulemann (1811 - 1899)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Wach auf!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA POR
Was stehst du [bange]1
Und sinnest nach?
Ach! schon so lange
Ist Liebe wach.

Hörst du das Klingen 
Allüberall?
Die Vöglein singen
Mit süßem Schall.

Aus Starrem sprießet
Baumblättlein weich,
Das Leben fließet
Um Ast und Zweig.

Das Tröpflein schlüpfet
Aus Waldesschacht,
Das Bächlein hüpfet 
Mit Wallungsmacht.

Der Himmel neiget 
In's Wellenklar,
Die Bläue zeiget 
Sich wunderbar.

Ein heit'res [Schmiegen]2
Zu Form und Klang,
Ein ew'ges Fügen 
Im ew'gen Drang!

Was stehst du bange
Und sinnest nach?
Ach! schon so lange
Ist Liebe wach.

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Published in Morgenblatt für gebildete leser, July 1837
1 In many editions of the Spohr setting, the typo "lange" appears here but not in the final stanza. This is corrected in the Dohr edition. Folker Göthel writes about this mistake in Thematisch-Bibliographies Verzeichnis der Werke von Louis Spohr, Tutzing/Germany, 1981, p. 506 (with thanks to Michael Leinert for the information). It is not in the original poem.
2 Spohr: "Schwingen"

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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) , "Desperta!", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Word wakker!", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Ruth Rainero) , "Awaken!", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Réveille-toi !", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Svegliati!", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Elke Beatriz Riedel) , "Acorde!", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Word wakker!
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Wat sta je bang daar
En denkt nog na?
Ach, o zo lang al
Staat liefde klaar.
 
Hoor je het dringen
Niet overal?
De vogels zingen
Met zoet geschal.
 
Uit star hout spruit nu
Boomblad nog zwak,
Het leven kruipt nu
Door twijg en tak.
 
Gedruppel druppelt
Uit boom en schacht,
Het beekje huppelt
En bruist met kracht.
 
De hemel wiegelt
In ’t water klaar,
Het blauw weerspiegelt
Zich wonderbaar.
 
Een vrolijk zwoegen
Voor vorm en klank,
Een eeuwig voegen
In eeuw’ge drang!
 
Wat sta je bang daar
En denkt nog na?
Ach, o zo lang al
Staat liefde klaar.

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Text added to the website: 2017-10-04 00:00:00
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