by Friedrich Heinrich Oser (1820 - 1891)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Gleich lacht dich alles sonnig an
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
  Gleich lacht dich Alles sonnig an,
Wallt dir nur frisch das Blut;
Hinab, hinan 
Auf jeder Bahn
Stehst du in Gottes Hut, 
Und stets noch hat 
An schönster Statt 
Geruht ein kecker Muth! 

  Bring selber nur dem grünen Wald
Ein Lied im stillen Grund,
Horch, wie's dir bald
Entgegen schallt 
Hellfreudig in der Rund, 
Und singen mit 
Auf Schritt und Tritt 
Die Vöglein all im Bund!

  Sein Leben lang mag heiter sein, 
Wem's tief im Herzen glüht; 
Jahr aus, Jahr ein 
Im hellsten Schein 
Wie's klingt und grünt und blüht! 
Bitt jeden Tag, 
Was kommen mag, 
Nur um ein froh Gemüth!

Confirmed with Neue Lieder von Friedrich Oser (1874-1884), Basel: Verlag von M. Bernheim, 1885, pages 36-37.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Soon everything shall smile sunnily upon you!", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Soon everything shall smile sunnily upon you!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
  Soon everything shall smile sunnily upon you,
If only your blood flows briskly;
Downwards, upwards
Upon every path,
You are in God's care,
And always yet
In the loveliest place,
A bold spirit has rested.

  Only [see to it that] you bring a song
To the green forest in its quiet depths,
Harken, how soon
It echoes back to you
With bright joy from all around,
And with every step you take
The birdlets all
Sing along in solidarity!

  He who carries a glow deep within his heart,
May be blithe his whole life long;
Year-in, year-out
In the brightest radiance,
How everything resounds and grows green and blooms!
Ask every day,
Whatever may come,
Only for a happy spirit!


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This text was added to the website: 2021-01-08
Line count: 24
Word count: 121