In der Tiefe wohnt das Licht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT FRE
In der Tiefe wohnt das Licht.
Licht, das leuchtet und entzündet,
Wer das Licht des Lichtes findet,
Braucht des eitlen Wissens nicht.

Wer vom Licht sich abgewendet,
Der bewillkommt froh die Nacht,
Daß sie seltne Gabe spendet,
Ihn belohnt mit dunkler Macht.

Mische, sinne, wirke, strebe,
Mühe dich du Erdensohn,
Daß zu fein nicht dein Gewebe,
Und der Tat nicht gleich der Lohn.

About the headline (FAQ)

Note: The libretto of Chézy's initial version of her play, with the title Rosamunde, Fürstinn von Cypern, which was staged in 1823 in Vienna with Schubert's music, is lost. This original version of the play comprises 4 acts. The manuscript of a revised version of Rosamunde in 5 acts has lately been discovered and published (Till Gerrit Waidelich, 1996). The Geisterchor (Chor aus der Tiefe) set by Schubert has been omitted from the revised version.


Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828), "Geisterchor", alternate title: "Chor aus der Tiefe", op. 26 no. 3, D. 797 no. 4 (1823), published 1832, first performed 1823 [ttbb chorus with horns and trombones], from the a play - incidental music Rosamunde, no. 4, Diabelli & Co., VN 3532, Wien (version for chorus and piano) [ sung text checked 1 time]

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Koor van geesten", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Bertram Kottmann , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2008-09-15 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-04-09 08:51:00
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