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Noch einmal tön', o Harfe

Language: German (Deutsch)

Noch einmal tön', o Harfe,
Die nur Gefühle tönt!
Verhalle zart und leise
Noch jene Schwanenweise,
Die auf der Fluth des Lebens
Uns mit der Noth versöhnt!

Im Morgenschein des Lebens
Erklangst du rein und hell!
Wer kann den Klang verwahren?
Durch Forschen und Erfahren
Verhallet' und versiegte
Des Liedes reiner Quell.

In spätern Jugendjahren
Hallt es schon zart und bang,
Wie Finkenschlag im Merze;
Mit des Entknospens Schmerze
Erbeben Herz und Saiten
Voll Liebe und Gesang!

Am Sommertag des Lebens
Verstummt das Saitenspiel!
Aus sehnsuchtsvoller Seele
Lockts noch, wie Philomele,
Schon seltner, aber rührend,
Nur Schwermuth und Gefühl.

O schlag' im [dunkeln]1 Busen
Der ernsten Abendzeit!
Will um das öde Leben
Des Schicksals Nacht sich weben,
Dann schlag' und wecke Sehnsucht
Nach der Unsterblichkeit!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von J.G. von Salis. Neue Auflage. Zürich, bey Orell Füßli und Compagnie. 1808, pages 151-152; and with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1815. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 139-140.

First published in Iris. Ein Taschenbuch für 1806. Herausgegeben von J. G. Jacobi. Zürich, bey Orell, Füssli und Compagnie, pages 275-276, with the title Abschied an die Harfe.

1 Salis-Seewis (1806 edition): "dunklen"

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) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Afscheid van de harp", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Farewell to the harp", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Adieux à la harpe", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Toca encara una altra vegada, oh arpa

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

Toca encara una altra vegada, oh arpa,
tu que tan sols fas sonar sentiments!
Ves apagant el teu so, tendre i dolç,
en un cant de cigne
que en el flux de la vida
ens reconciliï amb la fretura!

A la llum del matí de la vida
ressones pura i clara!
Qui pot servar aquest so?
A través de cerques i experiències
s’extingeix i s’asseca 
la font pura del cant.

Als darrers anys de jovenesa
ja sones tendra i poruga,
com el cant del pinsà al març;
tremolen el cor i les cordes
plenes d’amor i de cants!

Als dies d’estiu de la vida
emmudeix el toc de les cordes!
De la nostra ànima plena d’anhels
ens sedueix encara, com Filomela,
ja més rarament però commovedora,
solament melangia i sentiment.

Oh, toca en els cors ombrívols
a l’hora severa del vespre!
Si la vida erma es vol entrellaçar
amb la nit del destí,
toca aleshores i desperta el nostre desig

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Translations of title(s):
"An die Harfe" = "A l'arpa"
"Abschied von der Harfe" = "Adéu a l'arpa"


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