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  Ode To Joy
by Dietmar Rothe
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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English Translation of "Freude Schoener Goetterfunken" in rhyme and meter, allowing it to be sung to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."


Joy! – Celestial spark divine,
Daughter of eternal bliss,
We enter your most holy shrine,
Drunken with your fiery kiss.
Your magic spell rejoins again
What tradition’s sword divides.
All people become brothers then,
Where your gentle wing abides.

Whoever with great fortune met,
And is a friend of a great friend;
He, who a graceful woman wed,
Their joy in jubilance shall blend.
Whosoever even loves just
One lone soul; rejoice and stay!
But he, who cannot share love, must
Sadly weeping steal away.

Living creatures quench their thirst
For joy at Mother Nature’s breast.
Be they good, even the worst,
Along her rose strewn trail they quest.
She offered kisses, she gave wine,
Lust to worms in rotting sod.

A Friend who gave His life for thine,
Now stands as Cherub before God.

Joyous, as His suns take flight
Through heaven’s splendid canopy,
Brothers – run your path aright,
Joyful, seeking victory.

Be embraced, millions! Arise!
This kiss to the whole World we give.
Brothers – Over starry skies
Must a loving Father live.

Millions, are you falling down?
Sense the Creator, humankind?
Seek Him above the starry crown.
Seek Him there, and you will find.

These lines were originally written in German by poet Friedrich von Schiller in 1785. Selected stanzas from Schiller’s poem, “An die Freude,” were later in 1824 set to music by composer Ludwig van Beethoven in the fourth movement of his Ninth Symphony. His “Choral” segment, globally known as the “Ode to Joy,” is most always sung in German. Searching for an English version of these lyrics, I have found none that actually could be sung and/or which could do justice to Schiller’s monumental work.

With humble apologies to Schiller and Beethoven, I have translated the lyrics into English and set them back into rhyme and meter. By necessity, this is not a literal translation, but retains the meanings in the poem. It is offered here to the English-speaking world with compliments.

Dietmar Rothe © 2013








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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/4/2014

enjoyed reading your informative narrative

I look forward to reading more of your work.


Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/27/2013
Thanks for the translation from German. The few times I've heard, “Ode to Joy,” I didn't pay much attention to the words because the music is so overpowering.

Reviewed by John Domino 3/27/2013
Seek Him and have joy! A GREAT poetic message!

Peace, Love and Easter Blessings,

John Michael
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 3/26/2013
thanks for the sharing
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 3/26/2013
You have indeed reached into the well of meaning of these beautiful lines, and that is what counts, I sang Beethovens Ninths in Ottawa somewhere around 1957 I think it was, there were about three hundred and some participants, with Uri Meyer, as conductor, sold out for two days, it was the German choir Concordia, I helped found, with three other freunds now all passed away; we helped facilitate the German intontations with Uri and much laughter. Thank you for the translation, it is a monumental piece of art in music by Ludwig van Beethoven, and of course Schillers deep well of poetry, as you so deftly translated, not an easy task indeed, I would think, you might want to try the Glocke next, ha, Danke, Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Connie Faust 3/26/2013
How beautifully and naturally you've translated the words and arranged them with lovely symmetry into "rhyme and meter."
You have performed a worthy task...congratulations!

Reviewed by Bob Mitchley 3/26/2013
we all could use a little more of that kind of joy.. very nice...Bob-

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  2. Words Will Never Express How Lucky I am to
  3. Love is Like a Flower
  4. Facing the fuure
  5. You Don’t Know Me
  6. It's Simple
  7. The Liar
  8. If Jane Were a Cajun
  9. Withdrawn...
  10. Wishful Thinking
  11. Blood Of A Slave, Heart Of A King
  12. No Room for Fear
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  16. A Little Drop of Rain
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