Dem dunkeln Schoss der heilgen Erde, WoO 20 (Johannes Brahms)

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  • (Posted 2001-03-21)  CPDL #02220:       
Editor: Pablo Rosario (submitted 2001-03-21).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Dem dunkeln Schoss der heilgen Erde
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Lyricist: Friedrich Schiller

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Dem dunkeln Schoss der heiligen Erde
vertraut der Sämann seine Saat und hofft,
dass sie entkeimen werde zum Segen
nach des Himmels Rat.
Noch köstlicheren Samen bergen wir trauernd
in der Erde Schoss und hoffen,
dass er aus den Särgen erblühen soll
zu schönerm Los.

English.png English translation

To holy earth's e'er-dark'ning bosom
The sower doth entrust his seed
And hopes, indeed, that it will blossom
To bless, as Heaven’s bath decreed.
Still costlier the seed we've buried
With sorrow in the womb of earth
And hope, that from the coffin carried
'Twill bloom to fairer fortune forth.

Poetic Translation by Marianna Wertz