by Johann Ladislaus Pyrker (1772 - 1847)
Translation © by Gary L. Miller

Groß ist Jehova, der Herr! denn Himmel...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Groß ist Jehova, der Herr! denn Himmel und Erde verkünden
Seine Macht! - Du hörst sie im brausenden Sturm, in des Waldstroms
Lautaufrauschendem Ruf, in des grünenden Waldes Gesäusel;
Siehst sie in wogender Saaten Gold, in lieblicher Blumen
Glühendem Schmelz, im Glanz des [sternebesäeten]1 Himmels!
Furchtbar tönt sie im Donnergeroll, und flammt in des Blitzes
Schnellhinzuckendem Flug; doch kündet das pochende Herz dir
Fühlbarer noch Jehova's Macht, des [unendlichen]2 Gottes,
Blickst du flehend empor, und hoffst [der Erbarmungen Fülle]2!

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Confirmed with Perlen der heiligen Vorzeit. Gesammelt durch Johann Ladislav Pyrker. Helias der Thesbit. Elisa. Die Makkabäer. Ofen, 1821. Gedruckt, auf Kosten des Ofner wohlthätigen Frauen-Vereines, in der kön. ung. Universitäts-Buchdruckerey, nach Watts'scher Art, pages 60-61; and with Perlen der heiligen Vorzeit. Von Johann Ladislav Pyrker. Zweyte, vollständige Ausgabe. Wien. Gedruckt und im Verlage bey Anton Strauß, und im Büreau des wohlthätigen Frauenvereins in Ofen. 1826, page 143,

Note: These verses are an excerpt of the much longer poem Elisa; they appear in Erster Gesang. Tod, verses 91-99 (first edition, 1821).

1 Pyrker (1826 edition): "Stern-umfunkelten"
2 Pyrker (1826 edition); and Schubert: "ewigen"
2 Pyrker (1826 edition): "von ihm Huld und Erbarmen"; Schubert: "auf Huld und Erbarmen"

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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) , "El Totpoderós", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De almacht", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Gary L. Miller) , "The all-powerful", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le Tout-puissant", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

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The all‑powerful
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Great is God, the Lord!  For heaven
and earth proclaim his power.
You hear it in the raging storm,
In the loud, resounding roar of the forest storms.

Great is God, the Lord! Great is His Power!
You hear it in the rustling of the green forest;
You see it in the gold of the waving cornfields,
In the glowing blooms of lovely flowers,
In the glitter of the star-filled heavens.

Terrible it sounds in the rolling thunder,
And it flames in the swift flashing lightning streaks.
Yet still more perceptible, your beating heart proclaims
The power of God, of the eternal God,
When you look up in prayer in hope for grace and mercy,
Great is God the Lord! Great is God the Lord!

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Text added to the website: 2005-07-04 00:00:00
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