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Ihr tratet zu dem herde

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ihr tratet zu dem herde
Wo alle glut verstarb ·
Licht war nur an der erde
Vom monde leichenfarb.

Ihr tauchet in die aschen
Die bleichen finger ein
Mit suchen tasten haschen --
Wird es noch einmal schein!

Seht was mit [trostgebärde]1
Der mond euch rät:
Tretet weg vom herde ·
Es ist worden spät.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Stefan George, Werke. Ausgabe in Zwei Bänden, Erster Band, 4. Auflage, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1984, page 165

1 Webern: "trostgeberde"

Submitted by Hubert Schmid and 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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "You approached the hearth", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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You approached the hearth

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You approached the hearth
Where all the glow was dying ·
The only light on the ground
Came from the corpse-coloured moon.

Into the ashes you plunged
Your pale fingers
With seeking scrabbling snatching --
Shall it come alight once more!

See what, with a comforting mien,
The moon advises you to do:
Step away from the hearth ·
It has grown late.

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