"Allmächt'ger Vater" Lyrics and Translation

Rienzi's Aria from Wagner's 5 Act Opera, Rienzi

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Richard Wagner (1813-1883), German composer. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Sung in the last act of Richard Wagner's first highly successful opera, Rienzi, (read the ), the titular character, Rienzi, implores the Lord to answer his prayer as the people whom he once inspired to rise up against the corrupt nobles turn on him and make threats on his life. Listen to a performance of "Allmächt'ger Vater" on YouTube.

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"Allmächt'ger Vater" German Lyrics

Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab!
Hör mich im Staube zu dir flehn!
Die Macht, die mir dein Wunder gab,
laß jetzt noch nicht zugrunde gehn!
Du stärktest mich, du gabst mir hohe Kraft,
du liehest mir erhabne Eigenschaft:
zu hellen den, der niedrig denkt,
zu heben, was im Staub versenkt.
Du wandeltest des Volkes Schmach
zu Hoheit, Glanz und Majestät!
O Gott, vernichte nicht das Werk,
das dir zum Preis errichtet steht!
Ach, löse, Herr, die tiefe Nacht,
die noch der Menschen Seelen deckt!
Schenk uns den Abglanz deiner Macht,
die sich in Ewigkeit erstreckt!
Mein Herr und Vater, o blicke herab!
Senke dein Auge aus deinen Höhn!
Die Kraft, die mir dein Wunder gab,
laß jetzt noch nicht zugrunde gehn!
Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab!
Hör mich im Staube zu dir flehn!
Mein Gott, der hohe Kraft mir gab,
erhöre mein tiefinbrünstig Flehn!

English Lyrics

Almighty Father, look down!
Hear me in the dust praying to you!


The power that you gave to me,
Do not yet let it perish!
You gave me strength, you gave me a higher power,
you lent me a sublime character:
to lighten that which was low,
to lift that which was sunken into the dust.
Thou hast transformed the people whom nobles reproach
into sovereignty, glory, and majesty!


O God, do not destroy the work,
which is built at the price for you!
Oh, make solvent, Lord, the dead of night,
that still reveals itself within the souls of men!
Give us the reflection of thy power,
which extends into eternity!
My Lord and Father, oh look down!
Bend your mind from your heights!
The force that gave me your miracle,
Let it not yet perish!
Almighty Father, look down!
Hear me in the dust praying to you!
My God, you gave me great power,
hear my supplication!