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Des Tages Weihe (1822) D763

Des Tages Weihe

Schicksalslenker, blicke nieder,
Auf ein dankerfülltes Herz,
Uns belebt die Freude wieder,
Fern entfloh’n ist jeder Schmerz;
Und das Leid, es ist vergessen.
Durch die Nebel strahlt der Glanz
Deiner Grösse unermessen,
Wie aus hellem Sternenkranz.
Liebevoll nahmst du der Leiden
Herben Kelch von Vaters Mund,
Darum ward in Fern und Weiten
Deine höchste Milde kund.

The day's consecration

Guider of fate, look down
on this grateful heart.
We are stirred anew by joy;
all suffering has fled far away,
and sorrow is forgotten.
Through the mists shines the immeasurable radiance
of your greatness,
as if from a brilliant wreath of stars.
Lovingly you took the bitter cup
of sorrows from your Father’s lips,
and your supreme merciful kindness
was made known far and wide.

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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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