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Ich denke Dein, in heil'ger Abendstille

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich denke Dein, [in heil'ger Abendstille]1
Erscheinest Du vor mir im [Dämmerlicht]2;
Gebrochen ist des Herzens fester Wille,
Verlieren konnt' ich Dich! -- vergessen nicht.
Ich denke Dein; -- doch hass' ich ihn noch immer,
Der um mein schönstes Glück mich trog:
Vergangenheit strahlt mir wie Rosenschimmer,
Der vor der grausen Finsterniß entflog.
Ich denke Dein seit jenem Schmerz-Momente,
Als [mir Dein Mund]3 den letzten Kuß gebracht:
[Ich ahn'te nicht]4 solch schauervolles Ende;
An [treuer Brust zu ruh'n hatt']5 ich gedacht.
Ich denke Dein; -- nie kann ich von Dir lassen,
Umschlinget Dich auch fremder Liebe Band:
Des Dolches Griff würd' ich mit Wonne fassen,
Käm er mir nur aus Emma's theurer Hand.
Und fänd' ich drauf die süßen Trostesworte:
"Ich hab' an Dich, o Freund, manchmahl [sic] gedacht!" --
Dann würd' ein Himmelsthor des Todes Pforte,
Das freudig winkt aus meines Grabes Nacht.
Dein denkend würd' ich in die Brust ihn senken,
Den letzten Trost, den vielgeliebten Stahl;
Und dankbar noch im Sterben Der gedenken,
Die mich durch ihn befreit von jeder Qual.

Translation(s): ENG

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J. Lang sets stanzas 1, 3, 2

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Confirmed with Fortuna. Taschenbuch des kais. kön. privil. Josephstädter Theaters für das Jahr 1824, von Franz Xaver Told, Wien: Gedruckt bey Leopold Grund, [1824], page 157-158.

1 Lang: "im heil'gen Abendschimmer"
2 Lang: "Dämmer Licht"
3 Lang: "meiner Hand du"
4 Lang: "nicht ahnte ich"
5 Lang: "deiner Brust zu ruh'n hätt'"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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I think of you, in the holy stillness of...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I think of you, in the holy [stillness]1 of evening
You appear before me in the twilight;
My heart’s firm resolve is broken,
I was able to lose you! -- not to forget you.
I think of you; -- but I still hate him
Who by deception deprived me of my most beautiful joy;
The past shines for me like a shimmer of roses
That flew away before the horrible darkness.
I think of you since that painful moment
When [your lips gave me the last kiss:]2
I did not anticipate such a horrible ending;
I had expected to rest upon [a faithful]3 bosom.
I think of you; -- never can I relinquish you,
Even if you were entwined in the bonds of another love:
With joy would I grasp the handle of a dagger,
If only it were given me by Emma’s dear hand.
And if I found upon it the sweet words of comfort:
"I have, oh friend, sometimes thought of you!" --
Then the gateway of death would become a gate to heaven,
That beckons joyously from the darkness of my grave.
Thinking of you, I would sink the dagger into my breast,
The last comfort, the much-beloved blade;
And in death yet, gratefully think of Her,
Who through the dagger freed me from every agony.

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Translated titles: "An --" = "To --"
"An Emma" = "To Emma"

1 Lang: "shimmer"
2 Lang: "you placed a last kiss upon my hand"
3 Lang: "your"


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Franz Xaver Told (1792 - 1849), "An Emma"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Josephine Lang. Go to the text.


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