Seelentrost, Op. 21, No. 7 (Hermann Goetz)

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  • (Posted 2015-09-24)  CPDL #36916:       
Editor: Tim Thomas (submitted 2015-09-24).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 32 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Seelentrost, Op. 21, No. 7
Composer: Hermann Goetz
Lyricist: Richard Pohl

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

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1880

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Original text and translations

[In his setting Goetz omitted the second stanza of Pohl's poem. That stanza appears below.]

German.png German text

1. Gräm' dich nur nicht so viel,
Und bleibe fromm und still,
Dann hilft der Himmel dir zu deinem besten Ziel;
Glaub', jedes Herzeleid
Währt keine Ewigkeit,
Das sei dein Liebestrost in aller trüben Zeit.

2. Hat Mancher mehr vollbracht
Als er wohl selbst gedacht,
Weil Gottes Hand ihn führte in der tiefsten Nacht:
So zag' auch du nicht mehr,
Blick' auf zum Sternenheer,
Und in die weite schöne Welt rings um dich her!

English.png English translation

1. Do not grieve yourself so much,
And stay devout and calm,
Then will Heaven help you to your best goal;
Have faith that each heartache
Does not last forever,
Be that your loving comfort in all troubled times.

2. Many have accomplished more
Than they themselves imagined,
Because God's hand led them in the deepest night:
So you too should no longer be fearful,
Look up at the host of stars,
And here into the wide, beautiful world all around you!