Translation © by Emily Ezust

Glaube, Hoffnung und Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Glaube, hoffe, liebe!
Hältst du treu an diesen Dreyen,
Wirst du [dich nie]1 selbst entzweyen,
Wird dein Himmel nimmer trübe.

Glaube fest an Gott und Herz!
Glaube schwebet himmelwärts.
Mehr noch, als im Sternrevier
Lebt der Gott im Busen dir.
Wenn auch Welt und Menschen lügen,
Kann das Herz doch nimmer trügen.

Hoffe dir Unsterblichkeit,
Und hienieden bess're Zeit!
Hoffnung ist ein schönes Licht,
Und erhellt den Weg der Pflicht.
Hoffe, aber fordre nimmer!
Tag wird mählig, was erst Schimmer.

[Edel liebe]2, fest und rein!
Ohne Liebe bist du Stein.
Liebe läutre dein Gefühl,
Liebe leite dich an's Ziel!
Soll das Leben glücklich blühen,
Muß der Liebe Sonne glühen.

Willst du [dich nie]1 selbst entzweyen,
Halte treu an diesen Dreyen!
Daß nichts deinen Himmel trübe:
Glaube, hoffe, liebe!

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Christ. Kuffner, Pesth, Bei Konrad Adolph Hartleben, 1817, pages 87-88, and with Selam. Ein Almanach für Freunde des Mannigfaltigen, Herausgegeben von I.F.Castelli, Vierter Jahrgang 1815, Wien, gedruckt und im Verlage bey Anton Strauß, pages 269-270, here with the title Glaub', Hoffnung und Liebe.

1 Schubert: "nie dich"
2 edition 1815: "Liebe edel"


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) , "Fe, esperança i amor", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Geloof, hoop en liefde", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Faith, hope and love", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Foi, espoir et amour", copyright © 2010, (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: 26
Word count: 128

Faith, hope and love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Believe, hope, and love!
If you hold true to these three,
You will never be divided from yourself,
And your sky will never be dark.

Believe firmly in God and in your own heart!
Faith soars ever toward heaven.
Even more so than in the province of the stars,
God dwells within your breast.
Even if the world and men may lie,
The heart can never deceive.

Hope for immortality,
And for better times here!
Hope is a beautiful light,
That brightens the path of duty.
Hope, but never demand!
Day grows slowly from what was twilight.

Love nobly, steady and pure!
Without love, you are a stone.
Let love purify your feelings,
Let love lead you to your destination!
If life is to blossom happily,
Then the sun of love must glow.

If you wish never to be divided from yourself,
Then hold true to these three!
So that nothing darkens your sky,
Believe, hope, and love!


  • 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: 26
Word count: 158