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Namenstagslied (1820) D695


Vater, schenk’ mir diese Stunde,
Hör’ ein Lied aus meinem Munde!
Dir verdank’ ich das Gelingen
Meine Wünsche heut’ zu singen,
Denn du hast mit gütiger
Hand Mir den Weg dazu gebahnt.
O, lass diese Hand mich küssen!
Sieh’ des Dankes Tränen fliessen!
Denn sie hat mir mehr gegeben
Als Gesang: ein schönes Leben;
Und mit kindlich frohem Blick
Dank’ ich ihr des Lebens Glück.
Himmel, sende deinen Segen
Dem verehrten Mann entgegen!
Strahle ihm, des Glückes Sonne!
Schäum’ ihm über, Kelch der Wonne!
Und von Blumen voll der Pracht
Sei ein Kranz ihm dargebracht.
Diesen Kranz in deinen Haaren
Möge Gott uns stets bewahren,
Und ich fleh’s mit nassen Blicken:
Noch ein zweiter soll dich schmücken,
Blau und golden, denn dir spricht
Jeder Mund: Vergiss mein nicht!

Name-day Song

Father, grant me this hour,
hear a song from my lips!
I thank you that my wish
to sing today is fulfilled,
for with a kindly hand
you have prepared the way for me.
Oh, let me kiss this hand!
See how my tears of thanks flow!
For your hand has given me more
than song: a fine life;
and with a look of childlike joy
I thank you for life’s happiness.
Heaven, bestow your blessing
on this revered man!
Shine upon him, sun of happiness!
Overflow for him, cup of joy!
And let a garland of flowers in their full glory
be offered him.
May God always preserve for us
this garland in your hair:
thus I pray with moist eyes.
A second garland, blue and gold,
shall adorn you; for all lips
say to you: forget me not!

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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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