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Karwoche (1888) no.26


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Mörike-Lieder


Karwoche

O Woche, Zeugin heiliger Beschwerde!
Du stimmst so ernst zu dieser Frühlingswonne,
Du breitest im verjüngten Strahl der Sonne
Des Kreuzes Schatten auf die lichte Erde
Und senkest schweigend deine Flöre nieder;
Der Frühling darf indessen immer keimen,
Das Veilchen duftet unter Blütenbäumen,
Und alle Vöglein singen Jubellieder.
O schweigt, ihr Vöglein auf den grünen Auen!
Es hallen rings die dumpfen Glockenklänge,
Die Engel singen leise Grabgesänge;
O still, ihr Vöglein hoch im Himmelblauen!
Ihr Veilchen, kränzt heut keine Lockenhaare!
Euch pflückt mein frommes Kind zum dunkeln Strausse,
Ihr wandert mit zum Muttergotteshause,
Da sollt ihr welken auf des Herrn Altare.
Ach dort, von Trauermelodien trunken,
Und süss betäubt von schweren Weihrauchdüften,
Sucht sie den Bräutigam in Todesgrüften,
Und Lieb und Frühling, alles ist versunken.

Holy Week

O week, witness of sacred sorrow!
Your gravity does not become this spring-time rapture,
In the fresh sunlight you spread
The cross’s shadow on the bright earth
And silently you lower your veils;
Spring meanwhile continues to bloom,
Violets smell sweet beneath blossoming trees,
And all the birds sing songs of praise.
Oh hush, you birds on the green meadows!
Muffled bells are tolling all around,
Angels are singing their soft dirges;
Oh hush, you birds in the blue skies above!
You violets, adorn no maiden’s hair today!
My pious child has picked you for the dark bouquet,
You shall go with her to the church of the Virgin,
There you shall wither on the altar of our Lord.
Ah, there, drunk with mourning melodies
And dazed by sweet and heavy incense,
She seeks the Bridegroom in the tomb,
And love and spring – all lost forever.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Composer

Hugo Philipp Jacob Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin. He is particularly known for his art song, or Lieder. His Lieder display a concentrated expressive intensity unique to Wolf. 

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Poet

Eduard Friedrich Mörike was a German Romantic poet.

Mörike was born in Ludwigsburg. His father was Karl Friedrich Mörike (d. 1817), a district medical councilor; his mother was Charlotte Bayer. He attended the Latin school at Ludwigsburg, and the seminary at Urach (1818) where he made the acquaintance of Wilhelm Hartlaub and Wilhelm Waiblinger. He then studied theology at the Seminary of Tübingen where he met Ludwig Bauer, David Friedrich Strauss and F. T. Vischer.

He followed an ecclesiastical career, becoming a Lutheran pastor. In 1834 he was appointed pastor of Cleversulzbach near Weinsberg, and, after his early retirement for reasons of health, in 1851 became professor of German literature at the Katharinenstift in Stuttgart. This office he held until his retirement in 1866; but he continued to live in Stuttgart until his death. In what political and social views he espoused, he was monarchist and conservative.

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