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Sei mir gegrüsst mein schmeichelndes...

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Sei mir gegrüsst mein schmeichelndes Clavier!
Was keine Sprache richtig [nennt]1,
die Krankheit tief in mir
[die nie]2 mein Mund bekennt
[die]3 klag ich dir!
   Dich o Clavier erfand ein Menschenfreund,
ein Mann der traurig war, wie ich.
Er hat, wie ich, geweint!
Voll Kummer schuf er dich
für sich [und]4 mich.
   Und Heil sei ihm, Vertauter meiner Brust
Heil sei dem Mann, der dich erfand!
Hat ihn, der Schmerz und Lust
an deine Saiten band,
kein Stein [genandt?]5

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 von Paradis: "denkt"
2 Kraus: "die mir"; von Paradis: "was nie"
3 von Paradis: "dies"
4 von Paradis: "und auch für"
5 Kraus, von Paradis: "genannt"

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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 (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-07-03.
Last modified: 2016-05-18 17:41:46
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Word count: 80

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Greetings to you, my affectionate piano!

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

   Greetings to you, my affectionate piano!
What no language can [utter]1 correctly,
The sickness deep within me
[That my lips never confess]2,
I lament to you!
   You, oh piano, were invented by a friend of mankind,
A man who was sad, as I am.
Like me, he wept!
Full of sorrow he created you
For himself [and]3 for me.
  And praise be to him, confidant of my bosom,
Praise to the man who invented you!
He who bound pain and joy
To your strings, is his name
Not engraved upon any stone?

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Translation of title "An das Klavier" = "To the piano"
1 von Paradis: "think"
2 Kraus: "that my lips confess to me"
3 von Paradis: "and also for"


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Text added to the website: 2016-05-18.
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