An die Hoffnung Op. 32
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LUDWIG V. BEETHOVEN (1770-1882)

cn die Hoffnung op. 32

Text: Christoph cugust Tiedge (1752 ­ 1841)

1. Die du so gern in heil'gen Nächten feierst
Und sanft und weich den Gram verschleierst,
Der eine zarte Seele quält,
O Hoffnung, laß, durch dich empor gehoben,
Den Dulder ahnen, daß dort oben
Ein Engel seine Tränen zählt!

2. Wenn, längst verhallt, geliebte Stimmen schweigen;
Wenn unter ausgestorbnen Zweigen
Verödet die Erinnrung sitzt:
Dann nahe dich, wo dein Verlaßner trauert,
Und, von der Mitternacht umschauert,
Sich auf versunkne Urnen stützt.

3. Und blickt er auf, das Schicksal anzuklagen,
Wenn scheidend über seinen Tagen
Die letzten Strahlen untergehen:
Dann laß ihn um den Rand des Erdentraumes




Das Leuchten eines Wolkensaumes
Von einer nahen Sonne sehn!

Overall Meaning

The song "An die Hoffnung" (To Hope) by Ludwig van Beethoven, with text by Christoph August Tiedge, explores the power of hope during times of despair and suffering.


In the first verse, the lyrics describe hope as a comforting force that is present during holy nights. It suggests that hope has the ability to soften and hide the pain that torments a delicate soul. The lyricist asks hope to lift the sufferer's spirits and make them realize that there is an angel above who counts their tears. This suggests that hope provides solace and reassurance to those who are enduring hardship.


The second verse delves into a theme of loss and abandonment. It portrays a scenario where beloved voices grow silent and memories fade away. The imagery of withered branches reinforces the feeling of desolation. In this darkness, the lyrics call upon hope to approach and console the one who has been abandoned. It describes this person as grieving and seeking support, leaning on forgotten urns in the shadow of midnight. This verse emphasizes hope as a companion to the grieving and a source of strength in the midst of sorrow.


In the third verse, the lyrics depict the individual looking up to the heavens and blaming fate for their troubles. As the last rays of light disappear from their days, hope is called upon again. The lyrics ask hope to grant the person a glimpse of a silver lining around the edge of their earthly dreams, a glimmer of light from a nearby sun. This imagery suggests that hope can provide a glimpse of a better future, even in the darkest moments.


Overall, "An die Hoffnung" explores the role of hope as a powerful force that alleviates pain and provides comfort during times of despair. It portrays hope as a guiding presence, illuminating paths of solace and offering strength and optimism even in the face of adversity.


Line by Line Meaning

Die du so gern in heil'gen Nächten feierst
O Hope, who is celebrated so fondly in sacred nights


Und sanft und weich den Gram verschleierst
And gently and softly veiling the sorrow


Der eine zarte Seele quält
That torments a tender soul


O Hoffnung, laß, durch dich empor gehoben,
O Hope, let the sufferer be raised up by you


Den Dulder ahnen, daß dort oben
Let the sufferer sense that up above


Ein Engel seine Tränen zählt!
An angel counts their tears!


Wenn, längst verhallt, geliebte Stimmen schweigen;
When beloved voices are long silenced


Wenn unter ausgestorbnen Zweigen
When beneath extinct branches


Verödet die Erinnrung sitzt:
The desolate memory resides:


Dann nahe dich, wo dein Verlaßner trauert,
Then draw near, where your forsaken one mourns


Und, von der Mitternacht umschauert,
And, surrounded by midnight


Sich auf versunkne Urnen stützt.
Leans on sunken urns.


Und blickt er auf, das Schicksal anzuklagen,
And if he looks up to accuse fate


Wenn scheidend über seinen Tagen
When departing over his days


Die letzten Strahlen untergehen:
The last rays fade away:


Dann laß ihn um den Rand des Erdentraumes
Then let him behold around the edge of earthly dreams


Das Leuchten eines Wolkensaumes
The glow of a cloud's hem


Von einer nahen Sonne sehn!
From a sun nearby!




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Comments from YouTube:

F#m

Beautiful piece, thanks.

Arian Sadrayi

This is so touching...

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