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Das Grab ist tief und stille

Language: German (Deutsch)

Das Grab ist tief und stille,
Und schauderhaft sein Rand.
Es deckt mit schwarzer Hülle
Ein unbekanntes Land.

Das Lied der Nachtigallen
Tönt nicht in seinem Schooß.
Der Freundschaft Rosen fallen
Nur auf des Hügels Moos.

Verlaßne Bräute ringen
Umsonst die Hände wund;
Der Waise Klagen dringen
Nicht in der Tiefe Grund.

Doch sonst an keinem Orte
Wohnt die ersehnte Ruh;
Nur durch die [dunkle]1 Pforte
Geht man der Heimat zu. 

Das arme Herz, hienieden
Von manchem Sturm bewegt,
Erlangt den wahren Frieden
Nur [wo]2 es nicht mehr schlägt.


Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE RUS

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Confirmed with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Gesammelt durch seinen Freund Friedrich Matthisson. Zürich, bey Orell, Gessner, Füssli und Compagnie. 1793, pages 35-36; and with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1815. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 36-37.

First published in a different version in Göttinger Musenalmanach 1788, see below.

1 Westenholz: "enge"
2 Westenholz: "wenn"

Submitted by Emily Ezust and Peter Rastl

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The grave

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The grave is deep and soundless,
Its brink is ghastly lone;
With veil all dark and boundless
It hides a land unknown.

The nightingale's sweet closes
Down there come not at all;
And friendship's withered roses
On the mossy hillock fall.

Their hands young brides forsaken
Wring bleeding there in vain;
The cries of orphans waken
No answer to their pain.

Yet nowhere else for mortals
Dwells their implored repose;
Through none but those dark portals
Home to his rest man goes.

The poor heart, here for ever
By storm on storm beat sore,
Its true peace gaineth never
But where it beats no more.


Confirmed with George MacDonald, Rampolli: Growths from a Long Planted Root. Being Translations, New and Old, Chiefly from the German, Longmans, Green & Co., London, 1897


Submitted by Melanie Trumbull

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Gaudenz Freiherr von Salis-Seewis (1762 - 1834), "Das Grab", written 1783, first published 1788 DUT FRE RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): J. G. Hübner, C. T. Moritz, Friedrich Muck, Vincenzo Righini, Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, Othmar Schoeck, Franz Peter Schubert, Johann Xaver Sterkel, Sophia Maria Westenholz, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg. Go to the text.

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