by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Warum doch erschallen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Warum doch erschallen
himmelwärts die Lieder?
Zögen gerne nieder
Sterne, die droben
Blinken und wallen,
Zögen sich Lunas
Lieblich Umarmen,
Zögen die warmen,
Wonnigen Tage
Seliger Götter
Gern uns herab!

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Why then do songs resound heavenwards?", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Pourquoi", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
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Word count: 30

Why then do songs resound heavenwards?
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Why then do songs
 resound heavenward?
 They would gladly lure down
 the stars, which
 gleam and wander above;
 they would entice Luna's
 lovely embraces,
 and invoke the warm,
 blissful days
 of blessed gods -
 gladly would they do this!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
Line count: 11
Word count: 40