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Gott höre meine Stimme (1815) D190

Gott höre meine Stimme

Gott, höre meine Stimme,
Höre gnädig auf mein Flehn!
Sieh, ich liege hier im Staube.
Soll die Hoffnung, soll der Glaube
An dein Vaterherz verge?
Er soll es büssen mit seinem Blute,
Was er gewagt mit frohem Mute,
Was er für mich und die Liebe getan?
Sind all die Wünsche nur eitel Träume,
Zerknickt die Hoffnung die zarten Keime,
Ist Lied und Seligkeit nur ein Wahn?
Nein, nein, das kannst du nicht gebieten,
Das wird dein Vaterherz verhüten,
Gott, du bist meine Zuversicht.
Du wirst zwei Herzen so nicht trennen,
Die nur vereinigt schlagen können,
Nein, nein, nein, das kannst du nicht

God, hear my voice

Hear my voice, O God;
in mercy heed my entreaty.
See, I lie here in the dust.
Shall hope and faith
die on your paternal heart?
Shall he atone with his blood
for what he dared with joyful spirit,
for what he did for me and love?
Are all wishes but vain dreams?
Does hope crush the tender seeds?
Are love and bliss but a delusion?
No, no, you cannot allow it,
your paternal heart will forbid it.
God, you are my trust.
You will not sunder two hearts
which can only beat united.
No, no, that you cannot do.
Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

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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 was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.

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