by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874)
Translation © by James B. Robinson

Geheiligt werde dein Name
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG
Die Sterne tönen ewig hohe Weisen im Wunderklang;
Und Wunderklang und hellen Psalmensang
Gabst du auch meiner Seele, dich zu preisen.
Wenn deinen Blumen gleich die Seele blühte nur einen Tag,
Den einen Tag mit lichtem Flügelschlag
Schwebte sie auf im Strahle deiner Güte.
Doch mag der Leib im Staube auch verwehen, die Seele lebt;
Die Seele lebt, weil sie dein Geist [umschwebt]1,
Weil sie dich ahnte, kann sie nie vergehen.
Sie wird von Stern zu Stern empor sich schwingen in Ewigkeit,
In Ewigkeit darf deiner Herrlichkeit,
Darf deiner Güte Preis und Lob sie singen.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Peter Cornelius, eingeleitet von Adolf Stern, Leipzig, C. F. Kahnt Nachfolger, 1890, page 120.

1 Cornelius: "umwebt" (song)


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "Hallow'd be thy name", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (James B. Robinson) , "Hallowed be Thy name", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 95

Hallowed be Thy name
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The stars above us are forever singing a wondrous song:
A wondrous song and highest psalms of joy
My soul would also join them to sing Thy praises.
When like Thy flowers fair my soul would blossom then on that day,
Then on that day, with lightest pinions gay
Flies she to live within Thy glory.
Although the flesh again to dust is scattered, the soul doth live,
The soul doth live, while in Thy spirit's light,
While close to Thee standing, can she ne'er be shattered.
On high from star to star behold her flying, eternally,
Eternally there in Thy majesty,
There Thy wondrous praise forever singing.


  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2006 by James B. Robinson, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2006-06-10
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Word count: 108