by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776) and by Johann Heinrich Voss (1751 - 1826)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Seligkeit
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA SPA SPA
Freuden sonder Zahl
Blühn im Himmelssaal
[Engeln]1 und Verklärten,
Wie die Väter lehrten.
O da möcht ich sein,
Und mich [freun, mich freun]2!

Jedem lächelt traut
Eine Himmelsbraut;
Harf' und Psalter klinget,
Und man tanzt und singet.
O da möcht' ich sein,
Und mich ewig freun!

Lieber bleib' ich hier,
Lächelt Laura mir
Einen Blick, der saget,
Daß ich ausgeklaget.
Selig dann mit Ihr,
Bleib' ich ewig hier!

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Neu besorgt und vermehrt von Johann Heinrich Voss. Hamburg, bei Carl Ernst Bohn. 1804, pages 191-192.

This is the version of Hölty's poem heavily reworked by Voß. For the original version, with the title Minnelied, see below.

1 Lang: "Engel"
2 Lang, Schubert: "ewig freun"

Authorship

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

Another version of this text exists in the database.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Benaurança", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Zaligheid", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Bliss", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Bob Watson) , "Bliss", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Félicité", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Beatitudine", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Mercedes Vivas) , "Felicidad", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Covadonga González Bernardo) , "Felicidad", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 68

Bliss
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Joys without number
 bloom in heaven's hall
 of angels and transfigured beings,
 just as our fathers taught us.
 O, there I would like to be
 and rejoice forever!
 
 Upon everyone dearly smiles
 a heavenly bride;
 harp and psalter resound,
 and everyone dances and sings.
 O, there I would like to be
 and rejoice forever!
 
 But I'd rather remain here
 if Laura would smile at me
 with one glance that said
 I should end my lamenting.
 Blissfully then with her,
 I would stay here forever!

Authorship

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

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 85