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Laß dich mit gelinden Schlägen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Laß dich mit gelinden Schlägen
Rühren, meine zarte Laute!
Da die Nacht hernieder thaute,
Müssen wir Gelispel pflegen.
Wie sich deine Töne regen,
Wie sie athmen, klagen, stöhnen,
Wallt das Herz zu meiner Schönen,
Bringt ihr aus der Seele Tiefen
Alle Schmerzen, welche schliefen;
Liebe denkt in süßen Tönen.

Zu dem friedlichen Gemach,
Wo sie ruht in Blumendüften,
Laß noch in den kühlen Lüften
Tönen unser schmelzend Ach.
Halb entschlummert, halb noch wach,
Angeblickt vom Abendstern
Liegt sie, und vernimmt wohl gern
In den leisen Harmonieen
Träume, Bilder, Fantasieen;
Denn Gedanken stehn zu fern.

Inn'ger, liebe Saiten, bebet!
Lockt hervor den Wiederhall!
Weckt das Lied der Nachtigall,
Und wetteifernd mit ihr strebet!
Doch, wenn Sie die Stimm' erhebet,
Dann erkennet euern Herrn,
Lauscht demüthig und von fern.
Horch! schon singt der holde Mund;
Denn verrathen unsern Bund
Nur in Tönen mag sie gern.

Nun noch einmal, gute Nacht!
Und an deinem Lager säume
Nur der zärtlichste der Träume,
Bis der Morgen wieder lacht.
Dann geh' auf in stiller Pracht,
Wie der Tag den Erdensöhnen,
Meine Hoffnungen zu krönen.
Kann doch deine Blüthenjugend,
Unschuld, Anmuth, reine Tugend,
Alles, was sie will, verschönen.


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

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F. Schubert sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with A. W. Schlegel's poetische Werke. Erster Theil. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1816. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 125-127; and with Europa. Eine Zeitschrift. Herausgegeben von Friedrich Schlegel. Ersten Bandes Erstes Stück. Frankfurt a.M. bei Friedrich Wilmans, 1803, pages 81-82.

First published in Friedrich Schlegel's Europa as the third of four variations on a theme by Ludwig Tieck:

Liebe denkt in süßen Tönen,
Denn Gedanken stehn zu fern,
Nur in Tönen mag sie gern
Alles, was sie will, verschönen.
These four lines constitute in each of the variations the final line of each stanza, respectively. Variation I and Variation IV are in fact not Schlegel's (they are from Frau B*) and have not been included in Schlegel's collected works, while variations II and III have been provided there with the subtitles Erste Weise and Zweyte Weise.


Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Authorship

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Taal der liefde", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "The language of love", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Langage d'amour", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Le parole dell'amore", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Iago Giné) , "Lenguaje del amor", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The language of love

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Let yourself with gentle strokes
Stir, my tender lute!
While the dew of night drops down,
We must nurse whispers1.
How your tones rain down
As if breathing, lamenting, moaning,
Undulate [‘round] the heart of my beautiful one,
Take, from the soul’s depths,
All pain, which slumbers;
Love thinks in sweet tones.


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1 literally, "lisps"

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 - 1845), "Die Sprache der Liebe", subtitle: "Zweyte Weise", written 1802, first published 1803 CAT DUT FRE ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2015-12-29.
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