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Der Herbstabend

Language: German (Deutsch)

Abendglocken-Halle zittern
[Dumpf durch]1 Moorgedüfte hin;
Hinter jenes Kirchhofs Gittern
Blaßt des Dämmerlichts Karmin.

Aus umstürmten Lindenzweigen
Rieselt welkes Laub herab,
Und gebleichte Gräser beugen
Sich auf ihr bestimmtes Grab.

Freundin! wankt, im Abendwinde,
Bald auch Gras auf meiner Gruft,
Schwärmt das Laub um ihre Linde
Ruhelos in feuchter Luft,

[Wenn]2 schon meine Rasenstelle
Nur dein welker Kranz noch ziert,
Und auf Lethes leiser Welle
Sich mein Nebelbild verliert:

Lausche dann! Im Blätterschauer
Wird es dir vernehmlich wehn:
Jenseits schwindet jede Trauer;
Treue wird sich wiedersehn!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-3

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Confirmed with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Gesammelt durch seinen Freund Friedrich Matthisson. Zürich, bey Orell, Gessner, Füssli und Compagnie. 1793, pages 33-34; with Gedichte von J.G. von Salis. Neue Auflage. Zürich, bey Orell Füßli und Compagnie. 1808, pages 94-95; and with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1815. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 87-88.

1 Schubert (second version only): "Durch die"
2 Salis (1808 edition): "Wann"

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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) , "El capvespre de tardor", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De herfstavond", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The autumn evening", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "The autumn evening", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le soir d'automne", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The autumn evening

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The echoes of evening bells are reverberating
But are muffled as they are carried on the moorland breezes;
Behind the fencing of that churchyard
The crimson light of sunset is turning pale.

From the branches of lime trees battered in storms
Dead leaves flutter down,
And faded leaves of grass bend down
Over her designated grave.

Friend! The evening wind will blow
Grass over my grave too very soon,
The foliage will blow around its lime tree
Without respite in the damp air,

When my own spot in the turf
Has already been decorated with your faded wreath,
And on the gentle waves of Lethe
My misty image has vanished:

Listen then! In the shower of leaves
You will clearly hear it blowing:
Over there all mourning disappears;
We shall definitely see each other again!


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Gaudenz Freiherr von Salis-Seewis (1762 - 1834), "Der Herbstabend", subtitle: "An sie", written 1787-92 CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Peter Joseph Lindpaintner, Vincenzo Righini, Franz Peter Schubert, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen. Go to the text.

 

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