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Dank (1898) Op. 1 no.1

Dank

Großes hast du mir gegeben in jenen Hochstunden,
Die für uns bestehen im Zeitlosen.
Großes hast du mir gegeben: ich danke dir!
Schönheit schenkten wir uns im stets Wachsenden,
Was ich mir vorbehielt im Raumlosen.
Schönheit schenkten wir uns: ich danke dir!
Ungewollt schufst du mir noch das Gewaltigste,
Schufst mir das Niegeahnte: den schönen Schmerz!
Tief in die Seele bohrtest du mir
Ein finsteres Schwertweh.
Dumpf nächtig trennend
Und dennoch hell winterlich leuchtend.
Schön! dreifach schön! denn von dir kam es ja!
Ungewollt schufst du mir noch das Gewaltigste,
Schufst mir das Niegeahnte: ich danke dir!

Thanks

You have given me greatness in those exalted hours
That exist for us in timelessness.
You have given me greatness: I thank you!
We gave each other ever-growing beauty
Which I reserved for myself in the infinity of space.
We gave each other beauty: I thank you!
Without intention you also created for me that which is most mighty,
Created for me what I had never surmised: beautiful sorrow!
You plunged a sharp pain
Deep into my soul,
Dividing us in gloomy night,
Yet shining with wintry brightness.
Beautiful! Thrice beautiful! For it came from you!
Without intention you also created for me that which is most mighty,
Created for me what I had never surmised: I thank you!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

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.


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