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Seligkeit

by Franz Schubert

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Seligkeit
German source: Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty

Freuden sonder Zahl
Blühn im Himmelssaal
Engeln und Verklärten,
Wie die Väter lehrten.
O da möcht' ich sein,
Und mich ewig freu'n!

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!

Bliss
English translation © Richard Stokes

Joys without number
Bloom in the halls of Heaven
For angels and transfigured souls,
As our fathers taught us.
How I’d love to be there
And rejoice eternally!

A heavenly bride smiles
Sweetly on everyone;
Harp and psalter resound,
And there’s dancing and singing.
How I’d love to be there
And rejoice eternally!

I’d sooner stay here
If Laura smiles on me
With a look that says
I’ve to grieve no more.
Blissfully then with her
I’d stay forever here!

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

Seligkeit
German source: Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty

Bliss
English source: Richard Stokes

Freuden sonder Zahl
Joys without number
Blühn im Himmelssaal
Bloom in the halls of Heaven
Engeln und Verklärten,
For angels and transfigured souls,
Wie die Väter lehrten.
As our fathers taught us.
O da möcht' ich sein,
How I’d love to be there
Und mich ewig freu'n!
And rejoice eternally!

Jedem lächelt traut
A heavenly bride smiles
Eine Himmelsbraut;
Sweetly on everyone;
Harf' und Psalter klinget,
Harp and psalter resound,
Und man tanzt und singet.
And there’s dancing and singing.
O da möcht' ich sein,
How I’d love to be there
Und mich ewig freun!
And rejoice eternally!

Lieber bleib' ich hier,
I’d sooner stay here
Lächelt Laura mir
If Laura smiles on me
Einen Blick, der saget,
With a look that says
Daß ich ausgeklaget.
I’ve to grieve no more.
Selig dann mit ihr,
Blissfully then with her
Bleib' ich ewig hier!
I’d stay forever here!

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

Poet

Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty

Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty, was German poet who is considered the most gifted lyric poet of the Göttinger Hain, a group of young poets who saw themselves as heirs of the great lyric poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock and whose work was…

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