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Erhebung

by Arnold Schoenberg From Vier Lieder (1899) Op. 2

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Text & Translation

Erhebung
German source: Richard Dehmel

Gib mir deine Hand,
nur den Finger, dann
seh ich diesen ganzen Erdkreis
als mein Eigen an!

O, wie blüht mein Land!
Sieh dir's doch nur an,
daß es mit uns über die Wolken
in die Sonne kann!

Exaltation
English translation © Richard Stokes

Give me your hand,
only a finger, then
I shall see this whole round earth
as my own!

Oh, how my country blossoms!
Just look at me,
that I may go with you above the clouds
into the sun!

Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Erhebung
German source: Richard Dehmel

Exaltation
English source: Richard Stokes

Gib mir deine Hand,
Give me your hand,
nur den Finger, dann
only a finger, then
seh ich diesen ganzen Erdkreis
I shall see this whole round earth
als mein Eigen an!
as my own!

O, wie blüht mein Land!
Oh, how my country blossoms!
Sieh dir's doch nur an,
Just look at me,
daß es mit uns über die Wolken
that I may go with you above the clouds
in die Sonne kann!
into the sun!

Composer

Arnold Schoenberg

Arnold Franz Walter Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer, music theorist, and painter. He was associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School.

Poet

Richard Dehmel

Richard Fedor Leopold Dehmel was a German poet and writer. His poems use a range of metrical patterns, and have been set to music by composers such as Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg, and Kurt Weill. His poetry often focused on themes of love and…

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