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Ernst ist der Herbst

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ernst ist der Herbst. 
Und wenn die Blätter fallen,
sinkt auch das Herz
zu trübem Weh herab.
Still ist die Flur, 
und nach dem Süden wallen
die Sänger, stumm,
wie nach dem Grab.

Bleich ist der Tag,
und blasse Nebel schleiern
die Sonne wie die Herzen, ein.
Früh kommt die Nacht: 
denn alle Kräfte feiern, 
und tief verschlossen ruht das Sein.

Sanft wird der Mensch.
Er sieht die Sonne sinken,
er ahnt des Lebens
wie des Jahres Schluß.
Feucht wird das Aug',
doch in der Träne Blinken,
entströmt des Herzens
seligster Erguß.


Translation(s): DUT DUT ENG FRE

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Wim Reedijk) , title 1: "In de herfst", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "In the autumn", copyright © 2004
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "En automne", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:31
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Ernst kleurt de herfst

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Ernst kleurt de herfst.
En als de blaad’ren vallen
Zinkt ook het hart
In smart’lijk somb’ren af.
Stil is het veld,
En naar het zuiden dwalen
De zangers, stil,
Als naar het graf.
 
Flets is de dag,
En bleke nevels sluier'n
De zon en ‘t hart als een gordijn1.
Vroeg komt de nacht:
Want alle krachten luier'n
En diep verborgen rust het zijn.
 
Mild wordt de mens.
Hij ziet de zon verzinken,
Hij speurt van ’t leven
Als van ‘t jaar het slot.
Vocht welt in ’t oog,
Maar in het tranenblinken
Stroomt uit het hart toch
‘t Zaligste genot.


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Translation of title "Im Herbst" = "Ernst kleurt de herfst"
1 Brahms voegt in de zang herhalingen toe: de zon, de zon en ’t hart, het hart, en ’t hart als een gordijn.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Klaus Groth (1819 - 1899), first published 1854 ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Banck, Johannes Brahms, Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2015-11-03.
Last modified: 2015-11-03 17:48:28
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