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Des Fräuleins Liebeslauschen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Da unten steht ein Ritter
Im weißen Mondenstrahl;
Es tönet seine Zitter
Von treuer Liebe Qual:

       * * *

»Lüfte spannt die blauen Schwingen
Still für meine Botschaft aus,
Ruft sie mit dem leisen Klingen
An dieß Fensterchen heraus!

Sagt ihr, daß im Blätterdache
Seufze ein bekannter Laut;
Sagt ihr, daß noch Einer wache
Und die Nacht sey kühl und traut

Sagt ihr, wie der Mond so helle
Auf ihr Fenster streut sein Licht;
Sagt ihr, wie der Wald, die Quelle
Heimlich und von Liebe spricht!!

Laß ihn leuchten durch die Bäume
Deines Bildes süßen Schein;
Das sich hold in meine Träume
Und mein Wachen webet ein! -«

       * * *

Doch drang die zarte Weise
Wohl nicht zu ihrem Ohr;
Der Sänger schwang sich leise
Zum Fensterlein empor.

Und oben zog der Ritter
Ein Kränzchen aus der Brust,
Das band er fest [an's]1 Gitter
Und seufzte: »[Blüh']2 in Lust -

Und fragt sie, wer euch brachte,
Dann Blumen thut ihr kund -«
Ein Stimmchen unten lachte:
»»Dein Ritter Liebemund!«« -

Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Conversationsblatt. Zeitschrift für wissenschaftliche Unterhaltung. Dritter Jahrgang. 1821. Erster Band. Wien. Im Verlage der Gerold'schen Buchhandlung. No. 1. Wien, Mittwoch den 3. Jänner, pages 7-8.

Note: This poem inspired a lithographic print by Ludwig Ferdinand Schnorr von Carolsfeld (reproduced in the source quoted above), which is a companion piece to his painting Des ritterlichen Jägers Liebeslauschen of 1818, which was also versified by Schlechta.

Note: Schlechta published this poem in a revised version with the title Das Fräulein as the second romance of Liebeslauschen. Zwey Romanzen in 1824. Later he created a further, substantially changed version, which was published posthumously in his Ephemeren.

1 Schubert: "am"
2 Schubert: "Blüht"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] 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)

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "L’aguait amorós de la donzella", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The maiden’s eavesdropping love", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À l'écoute de l'amour de la jeune fille", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The maiden’s eavesdropping love

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Down below there stands a knight
In the white moonbeam;
His zither is sounding
The agony of faithful love:

       * * *

"Breezes, spread your blue wings
Quietly to receive my message,
With soft ringing entice her
To [open] this window [and look] out!

Tell her that in the leafy canopy
There sighs a well-known sound,
Tell her that one person is still awake
And that the night is cool and cozy[.]

Tell her how the moon so brightly
Scatters its light upon her window;
Tell her how the forest, the water-spring
Speaks secretly and [speaks] of love!!

Let shine through the trees
The sweet gleam of your image,
Which beautifully weaves itself
Into my dreams and my waking! -"

       * * *

But the gentle air must not
Have penetrated to her ear;
The singer swung himself quietly
Up to the little window.

And up there the knight pulled
A little wreath from his breast;
This he bound firmly to the screen
And sighed: "Bloom in joy!"

And should she ask who brought you,
Then, flowers, tell her –"
A little voice below laughed:
"[It was] your knight, Liebemund [literally, lips of love]!"-

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