Talismane, Op. 141, No. 4 (Robert Schumann)

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  • (Posted 2016-02-29)   CPDL #38724:         
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General Information

Title: Talismane, Op. 141, No. 4
Composer: Robert Schumann
Lyricist: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: #4 of 4 pieces, entire opus also available as complete download.

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Original text and translations

NB The full poem is given here, though Schumann has only set the first three stanzas.

German.png German text

Talismane
Gottes ist der Orient!
Gottes ist der Okzident!
Nord und südliches Gelände
Ruht im Frieden seiner Hände.

Er, der einzige Gerechte,
Will für jedermann das Rechte.
Sei von seinen hundert Namen
Dieser hochgelobet! Amen.

Mich verwirren will das Irren;
Doch du weißt mich zu entwirren,
Wenn ich handle, wenn ich dichte,
Gieb du meinem Weg die Richte!

Ob ich Ird'sches denk' und sinne,
Das gereicht zu höherem Gewinne.
Mit dem Staube nicht der Geist zerstoben,
Dringet, in sich selbst gedrängt, nach oben.

Im Atemholen sind zweierlei Gnaden:
Die Luft einziehen, sich ihrer entladen:
Jenes bedrängt, dieses erfrischt;
So wunderbar ist dasLeben gemischt.
Du danke Gott, wenn er dich preßt,
Und dank ihm, wenn er dich wieder entläßt.

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Talismans
The East is God's!
The West is God's!
Northern and southern lands
rest in the peace of his hands.

He, the only one who is just,
wants justice for everyone.
Of his hundred names,
Let this one be highly praised! Amen.

Errors try to confuse me,
But you know how to disentangle me.
If I act, if I compose poems,
Give direction to my path.

Although I think on earthly things,
that stands me in higher stead.
The spirit that doesn't disperse with the dust
is forced back into itself, and ascends.

In breathing, there are two graces:
breathing in, and breathing out.
One constrains us and the other refreshes us;
This is how wonderfully life is mixed.
Thank God when he presses you,
and thank him when he releases you again.