Guter Rath, Op. 21, No. 3 (Hermann Goetz)

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  • (Posted 2015-09-15)  CPDL #36806:       
Editor: Tim Thomas (submitted 2015-09-15).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 119 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Guter Rath, Op. 21, No. 3
Composer: Hermann Goetz
Lyricist: Theodor Fontane

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

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1880

External websites:

Original text and translations

[Goetz made minor changes to the wording of the original poem.]

German.png German text

Guter Rath
An einem Sommermorgen
da nimm den Wanderstab,
Es fallen deine Sorgen
von dir wie Nebel ab.

Des Himmels heit’re Bläue
lacht dir ins Herz hinein,
und schliesst, wie Gottes Treue
mit seinem Dach dich ein.

Rings Blüthen nur und Triebe
Und Halme segensschwer,
Dir ist als zög' die Liebe
Des Weges nebenher.

So heimisch alles klinget,
Als wie im Vaterhaus,
Und über die Lerchen schwinget
Die Seele sich hinaus.

English.png English translation

Good advice
On a summer morning
Take up the walking stick,
All your cares fall away
From you like mist.

The cheerful blue of the sky
Fills your heart with its laughter,
And embraces you, like God's faithfulness,
With its roof.

Around are only flowers and shoots
And stalks laden with blessings,
It seems as though love walks
Alongside the path.

So familiar everything sounds,
As though in your father's house,
And beyond, above the larks,
Soars the soul.