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Der Abend

Language: German (Deutsch)

Purpur malt die Tannenhügel
Nach der Sonne Scheideblick,
Lieblich strahlt des Baches Spiegel
[Hespers Fackelglanz]1 zurück.

Wie in Todtenhallen düster
Wirds im Pappelweidenhain,
Unter leisem Blattgeflüster
Schlummern alle Vögel ein.

Nur dein Abendlied, o Grille!
Tönt noch, aus bethautem Grün,
Durch der Dämmrung [Zauberhülle]2
Süße Trauermelodien.

Tönst du einst im Abendhauche,
Grillchen, auf mein frühes Grab,
Aus der Freundschaft Rosenstrauche
Deinen Klaggesang herab:

Wird [mein Geist noch stets]3 dir lauschen,
Horchend wie er jetzt dir lauscht,
Durch des Hügels [Blumen rauschen]4,
Wie dies Sommerlüftchen rauscht!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA

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E. Zumsteeg sets stanzas 1, 4-5

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, pages 29-30, and with Gedichte von Matthisson. Fünfte vermehrte Auflage. Zürich, bei Orell, Füssli und Compagnie. 1802, pages 213-214.

The first edition (Dessau, 1783) has an additional (fourth) stanza which was left out in later editions:

Singt das bange Herz in Schlummer,
Hemmt der Zähren wilden Lauf,
Lös't der Liebe tiefsten Kummer
Selbst in stille Wehmuth auf!

1 Rust: "Hespers zitternd Bild"
2 Matthisson (1783 edition): "Rosenhülle"
3 Matthisson (editions prior to 1811), and Rust, Schubert, Zumsteeg: "noch stets mein Geist"
4 Schubert: "Blumenrauschen"

Submitted by Melanie Trumbull and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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)

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El capvespre", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De avond", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The evening", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "The evening", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le soir", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , "La sera", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Purple glow the forest mountains

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Purple glow the forest mountains
In the sun’s departing beam,
Lovely shines the star of even,
Mirror’d in the crystal stream.

Dark as in sepulchral chambers
Low’rs the gloomy poplar grove;
Nought but gentlywhisp’ring branches
There is heard or seen to move;

Save where Philomela singing
Softly from a greenwood tree,
To the dewbespangled roses,
Pours her lovelorn melody.

Soon, perhaps, on such an evening,
I shall hear thy voice resound,
Sadly singing to the roses,
Which my early grave surround.

Then my soul shall listen to thy numbers,
Listen as it listens now,
While the breezes waft thy music
O’er the flow’ry mountain's brow.


Submitted by Volkmar Henschel

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Text added to the website: 2015-11-11.
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