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Im Dunkel

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es schweigt die Seele den blauen Frühling. 
Unter feuchtem Abendgezweig 
Sank in Schauern die Stirne den Liebenden.

O das grünende Kreuz. In dunklem Gespräch 
Erkannten sich Mann und Weib. 
An kahler Mauer 
Wandelt in seinen Gestirnen der Einsame. 

Über die mondbeglänzten Wege des Walds 
Sank die Wildnis 
Vergessener Jagden; Blick der Bläue 
Aus verfallenen Felsen bricht.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Bertram Kottmann


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 (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "In the dark", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-06-25.
Last modified: 2016-06-25 11:01:21
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Word count: 56

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In the dark

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The soul silently utters the blue springtime. 
Under damp evening branches
the lovers’ forehead sank in shudders. 

O the blossoming cross. In dark devotion 
Man and Woman knew each other. 
Along the bleak wall
the lonely one wanders in the world of his stars. 

Over the forest paths, resplendent with the moon, 
the wilderness 
of forgotten hunts was sinking; gaze of blueness 
breaks from ruinous rocks.

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Text added to the website: 2016-06-25.
Last modified: 2016-07-06 12:46:14
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Word count: 66