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Der stille Freier

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mond, der Hirt, lenkt seine Herde
Einsam übern Wald herauf,
Unten auf der stillen Erde
Wacht verschwiegne Liebe auf.

Fern vom Schlosse Glocken schlagen,
Übern Wald her von der Höh'
Bringt der Wind den Schall getragen,
Und erschrocken lauscht das Reh.

Nächtlich um dieselbe Stunde
Hallet Hufschlag, schnaubt ein Roß,
Macht ein Ritter seine Runde
Schweigend um der Liebsten Schloß.

Wenn die Morgensterne blinken,
Totenbleich der Hirte wird,
Und sie müssen all' versinken:
Reiter, Herde und der Hirt.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorff's sämtliche poetische Werke, dritte Auflage, Erster Band, Gedichte, C. F. Amelang's Verlag, Leipzig, 1883, page 328.

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

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , title 1: "The quiet suitor", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Le prétendant silencieux", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-08-24.
Last modified: 2015-05-07 15:38:51
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Word count: 78

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The quiet suitor

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Moon, the shepherd, leads his flock
alone up over the forest toward us;
below, on the silent earth,
concealed love awakens.

Far away the bells of the castle ring;
over the forest toward us from the heights
the wind carries the sound,
and the roe deer listens, terrified.

Nightly at the same hour
hoofs pound, a horse pants,
a knight makes his circuit,
unspeaking, around the beloved’s castle.

When the morning star shines,
the shepherd grows deathly pale,
and they all fall away:
knight, herd, and shepherd.

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Text added to the website: 2015-05-07.
Last modified: 2015-05-07 15:38:27
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Word count: 87