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Language: German (Deutsch)

Des Abendsterns ersehnter Schein
Beglänzt den Saum der Flut,
Der Knabe zieht den Kahn herein,
Der [still im]1 Hafen ruht.
"Mein Tagewerk ist [treu]2 vollbracht,
Doch, liebe Seele, sprich,
O sprich, wie soll die lange Nacht
Vergehn mir ohne dich?"
Am Ufer steht ein Weidenbaum
Und dran gelehnt ein Stein,
[Darunter]3 liegt in schmalem Raum
Ihr kaltes Totenbein.

Translation(s): ENG

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J. Lang sets stanza 1

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1 Lang: "in dem"
2 Burgmüller: "nun"
3 Burgmüller: "Und drunter"

Submitted by Claus-Christian Schuster


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Fisher lad", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2016-02-21 17:11:56
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Word count: 58

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Fisher lad

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The longed-for gleam of the evening star
Shines upon the margin of the floodwaters,
The lad pulls in the boat
That lies [quietly]1 in the harbour.
"My day's work is [faithfully]2 completed,
But, dear soul, tell me,
Oh tell me, how shall the long night
Pass for me without you?"
On the shore stands a willow tree
And leaning against it a stone,
[Below]3 it lie in a narrow space
Her cold dead bones.

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1 omitted by Lang
2 Burgmüller: "now"
3 Burgmüller: "And below"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2014 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Text added to the website: 2014-02-06.
Last modified: 2016-02-21 17:12:34
Line count: 12
Word count: 74