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In Honor of the Visit of Augustus III and Maria Josepha and Marriage of Princess Maria Amalia and Karl IV of Sicily.
Johann Christoph Gottsched, PT (Leipzig, 1738); Facs: Neumann T, p. 418.
28 April 1738, Leipzig.
BG 34, Vorwort; NBA I/37, Krit. Bericht.
1. AriaBe welcome, ye sovereign immortals terrestrial!
We townsmen of Helicon bring you thanks too.
To pay you honor,
Your pleasure to increase
We’ll make many praises echo:
For to offer heroes service
Is the Muses’ ancient work.
O mightiest August!
Thou Lord of Saxons and Sarmatians!
Within thy highly-favored nations
Reign peace and affluence and joy.
The sovereign Father of the world
Hath deigned a share of his own might
Into thy hand to place.
He gave thee more than folk and land;
No, both with prudence here to govern
And on the path to guide of true good fortune,
He lent to thee both wisdom and good sense.
These dost thou use to help thy people:
Thus they’re seen to come
With honest gratitude
As oft as possible before thee.
Princes are the earth’s great pleasure;
When they’re shepherds of their sheepfolds
And the townsmen’s patron fathers,
Gold and wealth,
Sweat and blood
Subjects offer then in turn
As their gift of loyal favor
To the land’s true governors.
This image glows in thee,
7. AriosoCome forth, then, Princess!
Have no doubts!
The springtime hastes itself to meet thee,
And Flora paints for thy sake only
The world’s re-youthened countenance.
The warming southern wind
Brings thee from romance lands vast greetings.
The little cupids’ feet are darting
More quickly than their wonted pace,
Surrounding mirthfully thy carriage
And wishing thee on wings aloft to carry.
And thee shall now the mighty Queen,
Who thee as mother loves, henceforth a model offer:
Just as the world through her exalted mind,
Her courage, fear of God, and virtue
Hath long been filled with wonder,
So shalt thou too, both in thy youthful vigor
And later years, through these same royal virtues,
Have loyal subjects’ hearts and Europe’s admiration.
Come, most precious grandchild of mightiest Emp'rors!(4)
1. Pronounce "laurel" here with one syllable.
2. The Two Sicilies.
3. The rue is the symbol of Augustus' house.
4. Maria Josepha, Amalia's mother, was the
daughter of the Hapsburg
Emperor Joseph I.
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