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Vier Lieder

Word count: 230

Song Cycle by Oscar Merz (1830 - 1904)

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1. Schwanenlied

Language: German (Deutsch)

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Es singt der Schwan am Ufer des Nachts
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2. Nähe des Geliebten [ sung text not verified ]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT CZE DAN DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE IRI ITA POR RUS

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Nabijheid van de beminde", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "Nearness to the Beloved", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , appears in The Poems of Goethe, first published 1853
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Proximité du bien-aimé", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Presenza della persona amata", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "Penso em ti", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Ich denke dein, wenn mir der Sonne Schimmer
[Vom Meere]1 strahlt;
Ich denke dein, wenn sich des Mondes Flimmer
In Quellen mahlt.

Ich sehe dich, wenn auf dem fernen Wege
Der Staub sich hebt;
In tiefer Nacht, wenn auf dem schmalen Stege
Der Wandrer bebt.

Ich höre dich, wenn dort mit dumpfem Rauschen
Die Welle steigt.
Im [stillen]2 [Haine]3 geh' ich oft [zu]4 lauschen,
Wenn alles schweigt.

Ich bin bei dir, du seyst auch noch so ferne,
Du bist mir nah!
Die Sonne sinkt, bald leuchten mir die Sterne.
O wärst du da!


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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 65, and with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1796, herausgegeben von Schiller. Neustrelitz, bei dem Hofbuchhändler Michaelis, page 5.

1 Beethoven: "Von Meeren"
2 Lang: "dunklen"
3 Schubert: "Hain, da"
4 Lang: "um zu"

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3. Das Meer erglänzte weit hinaus [ sung text not verified ]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FIN FRE ITA KOR NOR RUS SPA

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Vora el mar", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan zee", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "The sea sparkled out in the distance", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Au bord de la mer", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Al mare", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , "바닷가에서", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Das Meer erglänzte weit hinaus
Im letzten Abendscheine;
Wir saßen am einsamen Fischerhaus,
Wir saßen stumm und alleine.

Der Nebel stieg, das Wasser schwoll,
Die Möwe flog hin und wieder;
Aus deinen Augen liebevoll
Fielen die Tränen nieder.

Ich sah sie fallen auf deine Hand
Und bin aufs Knie gesunken;
Ich hab von deiner weißen Hand
Die Tränen fortgetrunken.

Seit jener Stunde verzehrt sich mein Leib,
Die Seele stirbt vor Sehnen;
Mich hat das unglücksel'ge Weib
Vergiftet mit ihren Tränen.


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4. Die Nacht [ sung text not verified ]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE FRE ITA

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "On the pond, the motionless one", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "On the pond's serene reposes", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sullo stagno, senza un'onda", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Auf dem Teich, dem Regungslosen,
Weilt des Mondes holder Glanz,
Flechtend seine bleichen Rosen
In des Schilfes grünen Kranz.

Hirsche wandeln dort am Hügel,
Blicken [in]1 die Nacht empor;
Manchmal regt sich das Geflügel
Träumerisch im tiefen Rohr.

Weinend muß mein Blick sich senken;
Durch die tiefste Seele geht
Mir ein süßes Deingedenken,
Wie ein stilles Nachtgebet.


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1 Mendelssohn: "durch"

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