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Die Vätergruft

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es [ging]1 wohl über die Heide
Zur alten Kapell' empor
Ein Greis in Waffengeschmeide
Und trat in den dunkeln Chor.

Die Särge seiner Ahnen
Standen der Hall' entlang,
Aus der Tiefe thät ihn mahnen
Ein wunderbarer Gesang.

»Wohl hab' ich euer Grüßen,
Ihr Heldengeister, gehört;
Eure Reihe soll ich schließen.
Heil mir! ich bin es wert!«

Es stand an kühler Stätte
Ein Sarg noch ungefüllt;
Den nahm er zum Ruhebette,
Zum Pfühle nahm er den Schild.

Die Hände thät er falten
Aufs Schwert und [schlummert']2 ein;
Die Geisterlaute verhallten,
Da mocht' es gar stille sein.

Translation(s): FRE ENG

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Confirmed with Uhlands ausgewählte Gedichte, Fünfte Auflage, Stuttgart, Verlag der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1891, pages 17-18

Note: modernized spelling would change "thät" to "tät"
1 Liszt: "schritt"
1 Cornelius, Liszt: "schlummerte"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * FRE French (Français) (Jacques L'oiseleur des Longchamps) , title 1: "Crypte des ancêtres", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ENG English [singable] (Arthur Westbrook) , title 1: "The ancestral tomb"

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