Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Steig empor, umblüht von Segen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG
Steig empor, umblüht von Segen,
Schöner goldbekrönter Tag,
Glühend pochet dir entgegen
Uns'rer treuen Herzen Schlag.
Heil dir Tag, voll Pracht und Glanz,
Du gabst uns den Vater Franz.

Unter seinem Fürstenschilde
Grünen Kunst und Wissenschaft,
In dem Zepter wohnt die Milde
Und in seinem Schwert die Kraft.
Friedenspalm' und [Siegesglanz]1
Schmücken unsern Vater Franz.

Ihm, dem Mächt'gen, dem Gerechten
Laßt uns That und Willen weih'n,
Grüne Myrthen laßt uns flechten
Und den Lorbeer schlingt hinein.
Unser's Vaterlandes Glanz
Gab und schirmet Vater Franz.

[Laß ihn alle Freuden]2 haben,
Ihn, der uns'rer [Freuden]3 Stern;
Sende deine [besten]4 Gaben
Unserm kaiserlichen Herrn.
Hüthe seiner Krone Glanz,
Ew'ger! unserm Vater Franz.

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Note: This is Deinhardstein's text as written in Schubert's manuscript. There are a few minor changes made by a third party, which have been adopted by Breitkopf & Härtel (1892) in the Alte Gesamtausgabe, Serie XVII. The first print of Schubert's cantata appeared 1822 in connection with the first performance. It features a different first stanza.

Hoch entzückt, im reichen Segen,
Den du spendest jeden Tag,
Pochet glühend Dir entgegen
Aller treuen Herzen Schlag.
Heil Dir Heil! umstrahlt von Glanz,
Heil Dir guter Vater Franz.
In 1849 the cantata was published by Diabelli as Schubert's op. posth. 157 with a completely different text and the title Constitutionslied.

1 Schubert (manuscript): "Ruhmenglanz"
2 Schubert (manuscript): "Alle Freuden laßt ihn"
3 Schubert (manuscript, and 1822 print): "Freude"
4 Schubert (manuscript): "reichsten"


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2010-03-13
Line count: 24
Word count: 109

Step up, wreathed in blessings
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Step up, wreathed in blessings,
Beautiful day with your golden crown,
As we come to meet you, feel the glowing, pounding
Beat of our true hearts.
Greetings to you, day full of majesty and brilliance,
Which gave us our father Franz.

Beneath his princely shield
Art and science blossom,
Gentleness resides in his sceptre
And power in his sword.
The palm of peace and the glow of victory
Adorn our father Franz.

To him, the powerful, the just,
Let us dedicate our actions and desires,
Let us plait green myrtle
And tie it around the laurel tree.
The splendour of our fatherland
Was given to us and is protected by father Franz.

Let him share all our joys,
Him, the star of our joys;
Send your best gifts
To our imperial lord.
Guard the splendour of his crown
For ever! our father Franz.

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Translations of title(s):
"Volkslied" = "Folk song"
"Am Geburtstage des Kaisers" = "For the Emperor's birthday"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-08-08
Line count: 24
Word count: 143