Language: German (Deutsch)
Die Sonne steigt, die Sonne sinkt,
Des Mondes Wechselscheibe blinkt,
Des Aethers Blau durchwebt mit Glanz
Der Sterne goldner Reihentanz:
Doch es durchströmt der Sonne Licht,
Des Mondes lächelndes Gesicht,
Der Sterne Reigen, still und hehr,
Mit Hochgefühl dies Herz nicht mehr!
Die Wiese blüht, der Büsche Grün
Ertönt von Frühlingsmelodien,
Es wallt der Bach im Abendstral
Hinab ins hainumkränzte Thal:
Doch es erhebt der Haine Lied,
Die Au, die tausendfarbig blüht,
Der Erlenbach im Abendlicht
Wie vormals meine Seele nicht!
O Schmerz! wenn unsrer Jugend Freund
Des Abschieds bittre Zähre weint!
So trifft beim frohen Erntemahl
Des Landmanns Dach ein Wetterstral!
Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE
F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-4
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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, pages 51-52; and with Gedichte von Friedrich Matthisson. Erster Theil. Neueste, sehr vermehrte und vollständigste Ausgabe. Wien 1815. In Commission bey Cath. Gräffer und Härter, page 44.
Note: Stanzas 1-4 of this poem are part of the much longer poem Die Geliebte published by Matthisson in the 1783 Dessau edition and the 1787 Mannheim edition, where they appear as stanzas 14-17 of the 23 stanzas of that poem. Stanza 5 of Klage has been added by Matthisson only in the 1811 Tübingen edition (the Wien 1815 edition referenced above, which most likely was Schubert's text source, is merely a reprint of the 1811 Tübingen edition).
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)
Another version of this text exists in the database.
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Plany", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Klaaglied", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Lament", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Lament", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Plainte", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)
The sun rises, the sun sets,
The changing disc of the moon looks down,
The blue of the ether is interweaved with the glow
Of the stars in their golden line dance:
But the sun's light no longer flows clearly,
The smiling face of the moon,
The dance of the stars, quiet and majestic,
No longer lift this heart with elation!
The meadow blossoms, the green of the bushes
Rings out with the melodies of spring,
In the evening light the brook winds
Down into the valley garlanded by woods:
But the song of the woodlands no longer touches me,
The meadow that blossoms into a thousand colours,
The stream through the alder trees in the light of evening,
These things do not raise my soul as they used to!
Oh agony, when the friend of our youth
Weeps the bitter tears of farewell!
It is like people at the merry harvest supper
Under the farmer's roof experiencing a downpour!
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