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Sei mir gegrüsst mein schmeichelndes...

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Sei mir gegrüsst mein schmeichelndes Clavier!
Was keine Sprache richtig [nennt]1,
die Krankheit tief in mir
[die nie]2 mein Mund bekennt
[die]3 klag ich dir!
   Dich o Clavier erfand ein Menschenfreund,
ein Mann der traurig war, wie ich.
Er hat, wie ich, geweint!
Voll Kummer schuf er dich
für sich [und]4 mich.
   Und Heil sei ihm, Vertauter meiner Brust
Heil sei dem Mann, der dich erfand!
Hat ihn, der Schmerz und Lust
an deine Saiten band,
kein Stein [genandt?]5

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 von Paradis: "denkt"
2 Kraus: "die mir"; von Paradis: "was nie"
3 von Paradis: "dies"
4 von Paradis: "und auch für"
5 Kraus, von Paradis: "genannt"

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani 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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-07-03.
Last modified: 2016-05-18 17:41:46
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Word count: 80

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Salut à toi, mon piano flatteur !

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

  Salut à toi, mon piano flatteur !
Ce qu'aucune parole ne peut nommer correctement,
La maladie profonde en moi,
Ce que ma bouche ne confesse jamais
Je m'en plains à toi !

  Ô piano, un ami de l'humanité t'a inventé,
Un homme qui était triste, comme moi.
Comme moi, il a pleuré !
Plein de chagrin il t'a créé
Pour lui-même et moi.

  Et louange à lui, confident de mon cœur,
Louange à l'homme qui t'a inventé !
Celui par qui la douleur et la joie
Ont été liées à tes cordes,
Aucune pierre ne porte son nom ?

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Translation of title "An das Klavier" = "Au piano"


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Text added to the website: 2016-11-06.
Last modified: 2016-11-06 16:40:19
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