by (Karl) Theodor Körner (1791 - 1813)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Sängers Morgenlied
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Süßes Licht! Aus [goldnen]1 Pforten
Brichst du [siegend]2 durch die Nacht.
Schöner Tag! Du bist erwacht.
Mit geheimnißvollen Worten,
In melodischen Accorden,
Grüß' ich deine Rosenpracht!

Ach! der Liebe sanftes Wehen
Schwellt mir das bewegte Herz,
Sanft, wie ein geliebter Schmerz.
Dürft' ich nur [in]3 goldnen Höhen,
Mich im Morgenduft ergehen!
Sehnsucht zieht mich himmelwärts.

Und der Seele kühnes Streben
Trägt im stolzen Riesen-Lauf
Durch die Wolken mich hinauf. -
Doch mit sanftem Geisterbeben
Dringt das Lied ins inn're Leben,
Löst den Sturm melodisch auf.

Vor den Augen wird es helle;
Freundlich auf der zarten Spur
Weht der Einklang der Natur,
Und begeistert rauscht die Quelle,
Munter tanzt die flücht'ge Welle
Durch des Morgens stille Flur.

Und von süßer Lust durchdrungen
Webt sich zarte Harmonie
Durch des Lebens Poesie,
Was die Seele tief durchklungen,
Was berauscht der Mund gesungen,
Glüht in hoher Melodie.

Des Gesanges muntern Söhnen
Weicht im Leben jeder Schmerz,
Und nur Liebe schwellt ihr Herz.
In des Liedes heil'gen Tönen,
Und im Morgenglanz des Schönen
Fliegt die Seele himmelwärts.

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Confirmed with Knospen von Theodor Körner. Leipzig bei Georg Joachim Göschen. 1810, pages 101-103; and with Theodor Körner's Gedichte. [Erster Theil.] Neueste Auflage. Wien 1815. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 77-78.

1 Schubert (only D. 163): "goldenen"
2 Schubert: "steigend"; Franz (and early specimens of B. Ph. Bauer's edition): "singend"
3 Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "auf"

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó del matí del poeta", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Zangers morgenlied", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Singer's morning song", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant du matin du chanteur", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 36
Word count: 172

Singer's morning song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Sweet light! From golden gates
 you break triumphant through the night.
 Beautiful day! You have awakened.
 With mysterious words,
 in melodious chords,
 I greet your rosy splendor!
 
 Ah! to love blowing gently
 my heart is moved and swells,
 softly, like a beloved pain.
 Oh, if only I could wander on golden heights
 in the morning fragrance!
 Longing draws me heavenward.
 
 And the bold struggles of my soul
 carry me up in a proud, giant leap
 through the clouds.
 Yet with gentle, sacred trembling
 the song penetrates my innermost life,
 dissolving the melodious storm.
 
 Before my eyes everything grows bright;
 Cheerfully on the tender path
 wafts the harmony of nature,
 and the spring rushes with inspiration,
 the fugitive waves dance merrily 
 through the quiet field of morning.
 
 And filled with sweet joy
 tender harmony weaves itself
 through the poetry of life.
 What resounds deep in the soul,
 what the intoxicated mouth sings,
 glows in high melody.
 
 The merry sons of song
 are yielded to in life by every pain,
 and only love swells their hearts
 in the song's sacred tones;
 and in the morning glow of Beauty
 the soul flees heavenwards.

Authorship

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

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 36
Word count: 191