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Mutter geht durch ihre Kammern

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mutter geht durch ihre Kammern
Räumt die [Schränke]1 ein und aus,
Sucht, und weiß nicht was, mit Jammern,
Findet nichts, als leeres Haus.

Leeres Haus! O Wort der Klage,
Dem, der einst ein holdes Kind
Drin gegängelt hat am Tage,
Drin gewiegt in Nächten lind.

Wieder grünen wohl die Buchen,
Wieder kommt der Sonne Licht,
Aber, Mutter, laß' Dein Suchen,
Wieder kommt Dein Liebes nicht.

Und wenn Abendlüfte fächeln,
Vater heim zum Herde kehrt,
Regt sich's fast in ihm, wie Lächeln,
Dran doch gleich die Thräne zehrt.

Vater weiß, in seinen Zimmern
Findet er die Todesruh',
Hört nur bleicher Mutter Wimmern,
Und kein Kindlein lacht ihm zu.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Neue romantische Unterhaltungs-Bibliothek für die gebildete und elegante Lesewelt. I. Band. Undine, eine Erzählung. Von Friedrich Baron de la Motte Fouqué. Wien 1814. In der F. Haas'schen Buchhandlung, page 97; and with Die Jahreszeiten. Eine Vierteljahresschrift für romantische Dichtungen. Herausgegeben von Friedrich Baron de la Motte Fouqué u.a.m. 1811. Frühlings-Heft. Berlin, bei J. E. Hitzig, pages 108-109.

1 Schubert: "Sachen"

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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) , "Cançó", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lied D.373 'Het lege huis'", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

La mare va i ve per les seves cambres,
buida i torna a omplir els armaris,
gemegant, cerca no sap què
i no troba res més que una casa buida.

La casa buida! Oh paraules de planyiment
per a qui, antany, hi tenia un infant encisador
on de dia el portava en braços
i de nit dolçament el bressolava.

Els faigs verdegen de nou
l’esclat del sol ha tornat,
però, mare, deixa de buscar,
el teu estimat infant no tornarà mai més.

I quan bufa l’oreig del capvespre,
el pare torna a casa, a la llar, llavors
es desvetlla quelcom en ell, gairebé un somriure,
però que de seguida es transforma en llàgrimes.

El pare sap que a les seves estances
trobarà la pau de la mort,
sentirà només els gemecs de la mare esblaimada
i cap petit infant li somriurà.

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