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Schon sank die Sonne nieder

Language: German (Deutsch)

Schon sank die Sonne nieder,
Es ist geworden spät:
Ein Wandrer wie ein Schatten
Zieht hin [am]1 Felsenpfad.

Er denkt an seine Heimat,
[An seine]2 Jugendzeit,
Die Jugend ist verschwunden,
Die Heimat ist so weit.

Da hört er fernher Glocken,
Als riefen sie ihm zu:
O bringt dem müden Wandrer,
O bringet [mir auch]3 Ruh.

Da schwindelt's ihm, er stürzet
Vom Pfade gäh hinab,
Tief unten in den Schluchten,
Da findet er sein Grab.

Die Abendglocken schweigen,
Nur leise rauscht der Bach,
Hinab die dunklen [Schluchten]4,
Hinab mit Weh und Ach.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Strauss: "den"
2 Strauss: "Und an die"
3 Strauss: "auch mir"
4 Strauss: "Fluten"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Le voyageur fatigué", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The weary wanderer", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The weary wanderer

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The sun has already gone down,
It has grown late:
Like a shadow, a wanderer
Moves along the rocky path.
He thinks of his homeland,
[Of the time of his youth;]1
Youth has passed away,
Home is so far.
Then from afar he hears bells,
As if they were calling to him:
Oh bring to the weary wanderer,
Oh bring peace to me as well.
He grows dizzy, he plunges
Rapidly down from the pathway;
Deep down in the gullies
He finds his grave.
The evening bells fall silent,
Only the brook rushes quietly
Down the dark [gullies],2
Down with a doleful outcry.

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1 Strauss: "And of the time of youth"
2 Strauss: "waters"


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