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Ein Winterabend

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn der Schnee ans Fenster fällt,
Lang die Abendglocke läutet,
Vielen ist der Tisch bereitet
Und das Haus ist wohl bestellt.

Mancher auf der Wanderschaft
Kommt ans Tor auf dunklen Pfaden.
Golden blüht der Baum der Gnaden
Aus der Erde kühlem Saft.

Wanderer tritt still herein;
Schmerz versteinerte die Schwelle.
Da erglänzt in reiner Helle
Auf dem Tische Brot und Wein.


Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Submitted by Hubert Schmid

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):

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "A winter evening", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Une soirée d'hiver", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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A winter evening

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

When the snow falls ’gainst the panes, 
long the evening bell is ringing, 
many find a well-laid table 
and their matters well arranged. 

Many a man who roams about
finds the gate on murky pathways. 
Golden blooms the tree of mercy
from the cool sap of the earth. 

Wanderer, step in, be still; 
Pain has petrified the threshold. 
There are - chaste in radiance gleaming -
on the table bread and wine.


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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914), "Ein Winterabend", appears in Der Herbst des Einsamen, 2. Fassung FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Friedhelm Döhl, Gordon Kerry, Wilhelm Killmayer, Wilhelm Petersen, Josef Schelb, Thomas Schubert, Rudi Spring, Jan Stuten, Anton von Webern. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2016-06-07.
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