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An den Mond

Language: German (Deutsch)

Heiliger, keuscher Mond!
   Sieh herab auf meine Leiden!
      Habe Mitleid, und erbarm dich meiner!
Weinend und todtenbleich
   Seh ich dich, du Kind des Himmels,
      Ringe meine Händ', und schmacht in Jammer.
Heiliger, keuscher Mond!
   Ach, ich lieb', ich lieb' ein Mädchen,
      Und sie weis [sic] es nicht, daß ich sie liebe!
Heilig und keusch wie du,
   Brennt ihr meine ganze Seele;
      Alle Heilige und Engel wissens!
Aber Sie weiß es nicht! --
   Gott im Himmel, laß mich sterben,
      Wenn du nicht für mich den Engel schufest!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Johann Martin Miller, Siegwart. Eine Klostergeschichte, Faksimiledruck nach der Ausgabe von 1776, mit einem Nachwort von Alain Faure, Zweiter Band, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1971, pages 618-619

Submitted by 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) , title 1: "To the moon", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-06-16.
Last modified: 2016-06-16 15:52:17
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To the moon

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Holy, chaste moon!
   Gaze down upon my suffering!
      Take pity, and have mercy upon me!
Weeping and deathly pale
   I see you, you child of Heaven,
      I wring my hands, and languish in misery.
Holy, chaste moon!
   Ah I love, I love a maiden,
      And she does not know that I love her!
Holy and chaste as you,
   My entire soul burns for her;
      All saints and angels know it!
But she knows it not! --
   God in Heaven, let me die,
      If Thou didst not create that angel for me!

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Text added to the website: 2016-06-16.
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