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Language: German (Deutsch)

Den Tag hindurch nur einmahl mag ich sprechen,
Gewohnt zu schweigen immer, und zu trauern:
[Wann]1 durch die nachtgebornen Nebelmauern
Aurorens Purpurstrahlen liebend brechen.

Für Menschenohren sind es Harmonien.
Weil ich die Klage selbst melodisch künde,
Und durch der Dichtung Gluth das Rauhe ründe,
Vermuthen sie in mir ein selig Blühen.

In mir - nach dem des Todes Arme langen,
In dessen tiefstem Herzen Schlangen wühlen;
Genährt von meinen schmerzlichen Gefühlen -
Fast wüthend durch ein ungestillt Verlangen:

Mit dir, des Morgens Göttin, mich zu einen,
Und weit von diesem nichtigen Getriebe,
Aus Sphären edler Freyheit, [reiner]2 Liebe,
Ein [bleicher stiller]3 Stern herab zu scheinen.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, page 160.

1 Schubert: "Wenn"
2 Schubert: "aus Sphären reiner"
3 Schubert: "stiller bleicher"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Mèmnon", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Memnon", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Memnon", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Memnon", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Memnone", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-08-12 10:04:56

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Language: Catalan (Català) after the German (Deutsch)

Durant tot el dia només puc parlar una sola vegada,
habituat a estar sempre en silenci i al planyiment:
quan, a través dels murs de boira formats per la nit,
els raigs purpuris de l’Aurora trenquen amorosament.

Per a orelles humanes són harmonies.
I perquè jo proclamo melodiosament el meu plany
i, mitjançant el fervor de la poesia, arrodoneixo el que és bast,
es pensen que en mi hi ha un joiós floriment.

En mi, després que els braços de la mort m’han abastat
i que al fons del cor furguen les serps;
nodrit per els meus dolorosos sentiments,
quasi furiós per un insaciable desig:

d’unir-me amb tu, deessa del matí,
i lluny d’aquest fútil enrenou,
de les esferes de la noble llibertat, de les esferes de l’amor pur,
resplendir com un estel pàl•lid i silent.

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