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Dein Silber schien

Language: German (Deutsch)

Dein Silber schien
Durch Eichengrün,
Das Kühlung gab,
Auf mich herab,
O Mond, und lachte Ruh
Mir frohen Knaben zu.

Wenn [itzt]1 dein Licht
Durchs Fenster bricht,
Lachts keine Ruh
Mir [Jüngling]2 zu,
Siehts meine Wange blaß,
Mein [Auge thränennaß]3.

[Bald]4, lieber Freund,
Ach, [bald]5 bescheint
Dein Silberschein
Den Leichenstein,
Der meine Asche birgt,
[Des Jünglings Asche birgt!]6


Translation(s): CAT CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Besorgt durch seine Freunde Friederich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg und Johann Heinrich Voß. Carlsruhe, bey Christian Gottlieb Schmieder, 1784, page 100; and with Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty's Sämtliche Werke kritisch und chronologisch herausgegeben von Wilhelm Michael, Erster Band, Weimar, Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen, 1914, page 128.

Note: Hölty's poem, initially with the title "An den Mond", was published by Johann Heinrich Voß in a revised version, with the title "Klage".

1 Mendelssohn-Hensel: "jetzt"
2 Schubert (second version only): "Knaben"
3 Hölty (original version): "Aug von Thränen naß"
4 Hölty (original version): "Wann"
5 Hölty (original version): "wann"
6 Hölty (original version): "Wenn Minneharm mich würgt?"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Plany a la lluna", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Your silver shone through green oaks", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Your silveriness shone

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Your silveriness shone
Through the green of the oaks,
Which poured coolness
Down upon me,
Oh moon, and smiled peace
To me, the happy lad.

When your light now
Shines through the window,
It smiles no peace
To me, the lad,
It sees my cheek pale,
My eyes wet with tears.

[Soon]1, dear friend,
Ah, [soon, your silver 
Shall]2 illuminate
The gravestone
That holds my ashes,
[Holds the ashes of the young lad!]3


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Translations of title(s):
"Mond" = "Moon"
"Klage an den Mond" = "Lament to the moon"
"Klage" = "Lament"

1 Hölty (original version): "When"
2 Hölty (original version): "When shall your / Silver"
3 Hölty (original version): "When I am throttled by the agony of love."

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776), title 1: "An den Mond", title 2: "Klage", written 1773 CAT CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Blasser, Moritz, Graf von Dietrichstein, Rubin Goldmark, Jan Bedřich Kittl, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Franz Xaver Mozart, Sigismund von Neukomm, Franz Peter Schubert, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg. Go to the text.

 

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