Lebenslust / O world! thou art wondrous fair (Ferdinand Hiller)

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  • (Posted 2021-11-09)  CPDL #66643:     
Editor: Nikolaus Hold (submitted 2021-11-09).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 139 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: German version.
  • (Posted 2020-05-10)  CPDL #58512:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-05-10).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 154 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: English version.

General Information

Title: Lebenslust / O world! thou art wondrous fair
Larger work: Sechs Gesänge Op. 25
Composer: Ferdinand Hiller
Lyricist: Robert Reinick

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: STTBB, (S solo with TTBB chorus)
Genre: SecularPartsong

Languages: German, English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1843 Berlin: N. Simrock
    2nd published: 1883 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 16, no. 455

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Wie ist doch die Erde so schön,
das wissen die Vögelein;
sie heben ihr leicht Gefieder,
und singen so fröhliche Lieder
in den blauen Himmel hinein.

Wie ist doch die Erde so schön,
das wissen die Flüss' und Seen,
sie malen in klarem Spiegel
die Gärten und Städt' und Hügel
und die Wolken, die drüber gehn.

Und Sänger und Maler wissen's
und es wissens viel and're Leut',
und wer's nicht malt, der singt es,
und wer's nicht singt, dem klingt es
im Herzen vor lauter Freud'.

English.png English text

O world! thou art wondrous fair, so fair,
The birds they all know it well,
While over the woods they flutter,
And joyful sweet carols they utter,
To the heavens their melodies swell.

O world, thou art wondrous fair, how fair,
They know it the waters all,
Reflected in them all nature
Stands mountain, and mead, and creature,
And the clouds as they float and fall.

The minstrels and painters know it,
So does many a shepherd boy;
They copy it all and feel it,
And those who sing reveal it,
Their hearts are so full of joy.