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Wenn mich die Abendluft umscherzt

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn mich die Abendluft umscherzt,
Nach des Tages schwüler Pein,
Wie leicht ist Wehmuth nicht [verschmerzt]1
Bei der Sterne Silberschein.
Es drängen sich der Bilder viel,
Aus des Herzens tiefem Grund,
[Wohl]2 manches ist nur Kinder-Spiel,
Drängt sich verwirrt und bunt.
Was dem Gefühl sich kundgethan,
Bleibt mit meiner Sehnsucht wach,
Führt liebend mich auf irrd'scher [sic] Bahn
Hallt in der Erinn'rung nach.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Iris. Unterhaltungsblätter für Literatur und Kunst, No. 23, 16 September 1835, page 89.

1 Lang (in one manuscript): "verscherzt"
2 Lang (in both manuscripts): "Und"

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) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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When the evening breeze blows jestingly...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

When the evening breeze blows jestingly about me
After the sultry torment of the day,
How easily is melancholy [put aside]1
By the silvery light of the starts.
Many images crowds around me
From the depths of my heart;
[Many]2 of them are mere child’s play,
Crowding about me confusingly and colourfully.
Whatever was communicated to my feelings,
Remains awake in my longing,
It lovingly leads me upon my earthly path
And echoes forth in memory.

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Translations of titles
"An Sie" = "To her"
"Erinnerung" = "Remembrance"

1 Lang (in one manuscript): "cast off with a joke"
2 Lang (in both manuscripts): "And many"


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