by Ernst Otto Konrad Zitelmann (1852 - 1923), as Konrad Telmann
Translation Singable translation by John Bernhoff (flourished 1890-1912)

Heut' in die Kirche bin ich eingetreten
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Heut' in die Kirche bin ich eingetreten,
der du in stiller Andacht oft genaht;
die Glocken summten leis' vom Turme grad',
da neigt' sich meine Stirne, um zu beten.

Doch nicht für mich; was könnt' ein Gott noch geben
dem, den das Glück seit Jugendtagen trog,
die Welt verriet, die Liebe schnöd' belog,
der nichts mehr zu begehren weiß vom Leben?

Für dich nur bet' ich Glück und Fried' und Segen,
die der zerriss'nen Seele er geraubt;
o möcht's auf dein geliebtes, blondes Haupt
des Himmels Gnade leuchtend niederlegen!

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  • by Alexander von Fielitz (1860 - 1930), "Heut' in die Kirche bin ich eingetreten", op. 55 (Fünf Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianofortebegleitung) no. 5, published 1896 [ voice and piano ], Magdeburg, Heinrichshofen Verlag [sung text checked 1 time]

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  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Slowly to yonder church my steps I wended"


Researcher for this text: Johann Winkler

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Slowly to yonder church my steps I wended
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Slowly to yonder church my steps I wended,
where oft with pious heart I saw thee pray.
The bells had ceas'd to ring their cheerful lay,
and low in solemn prayer the knee I bended.

No prayer for me! From me all hope is taken,
life is a tale of bitter woe and grief;
cold death alone can bring long sought relief
to my sad heart of all the world forsaken.

I prayed for thee, sweet, a prayer to heav'n upsoaring,
not for myself, my heart has naught to ask.
O may that prayer fulfil its holy task,
on thy fair head Heav'ns brightest gifts imploring!

From the Fielitz score.


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Researcher for this text: Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website: 2020-05-15
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