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An die Geliebte

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn ich, von deinem Anschaun tief gestillt,
Mich stumm an deinem heilgen Wert vergnüge,
Dann hör ich recht die leisen Atemzüge
Des Engels, welcher sich in dir verhüllt.

Und ein erstaunt, ein fragend Lächeln quillt
Auf meinem Mund, ob mich kein Traum betrüge,
Daß nun in dir, zu ewiger Genüge,
Mein kühnster Wunsch, mein einzger, sich erfüllt?

Von Tiefe dann zu Tiefen stürzt mein Sinn,
Ich höre aus der Gottheit nächtger Ferne
Die Quellen des Geschicks melodisch rauschen.

Betäubt kehr ich den Blick nach oben hin,
Zum Himmel auf - da lächeln alle Sterne;
Ich knie, ihrem Lichtgesang zu lauschen.

Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE FRE ITA

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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) (Sílvia Pujalte Piñán) , "A l'estimada", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To the beloved", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Profondément apaisé par ton apparition", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "A la bien-aimée", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "All'amata", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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To the beloved

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

When, from the deep calm I feel at seeing your image,
I mutely take delight in your high worth,
then I properly hear the gentle breathing
of the angel that is disguised within you.

And an astounded, questioning smile springs
to my lips, as I wonder: isn't it a deceiving dream,
that now, in you, to my eternal pleasure,
my boldest wish - my only wish - is fulfilled?

To the depths then to the depths my senses fall;
I hear in the nocturnal distance of divinity
the melodious roaring of the stream of fate.

Dazed, I turn my eyes then upwards,
toward the heavens, and there all the stars are smiling;
I kneel to listen to their song of light.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875) CAT FRE FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rudolf Halaczinsky, Ernest Willem Mulder, Fritz Schieri, James Simon, Edward Staempfli, Oskar Ulmer, Felix Paul Weingartner, Wolfgang Weller, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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