by Georg, Edler von Hoffmann (1771 - 1845)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ITA
Was belebt die schöne Welt?
Liebe nur verschafft ihr Leben,
Nur der Liebe Strahlen geben
Helles Licht dem Schattenfeld.

Klagend trauert die Natur,
Fühlt sie nicht der Liebe Wonne,
Liebe ist der Welten Sonne,
Sie erquicket Hain und Flur.

Angelacht von ihrem Blick,
Jubeln Erde, Luft und Meere -
Holde Liebe, dir sei Ehre,
Spendest ewig Lebensglück.


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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Romance", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Romanza", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

Text added to the website: 2009-10-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:23
Line count: 12
Word count: 57

Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Cosa anima il meraviglioso universo?
Solo l'amore gli procura vita,
solo i raggi d'amore procurano
vivida luce a questa valle d'ombre.

Geme il Creato e si lamenta,
se non prova la gioia d'amore,
l'amore è il sole che illumina il mondo
e che rianima i campi e i boschi.

Rallegrati dal suo sguardo
Terra, Mare e Aria gioiscono,
Ti sia reso onore, Amore soave,
che sempre dispensi gioia di vita.


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Text added to the website: 2010-01-31 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:32
Line count: 12
Word count: 70