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Nächtlicher Schall

Language: German (Deutsch)

So sehnend klang im Wald das Lied,
So sehnend [durch]1 die Nacht;
Die Herzen es zum Himmel zieht
Mit wunderbarer Macht.

»In tiefem Gram verzehr' ich mich,
Mir ist die Freude hin!
Auf Erden mir die Hoffnung wich,
Ich hier so einsam bin!

Der Himmel mir die Liebe gab,
Ich lebte nur in ihr:
Der Menschheit Last mir sank hinab,
Ich fand den Himmel hier! 

Der Himmel mir die Liebe gab,
Doch die Geliebte nicht,
[Mir strahlt ihr hohes Bild herab]2
Im hehren Sternenlicht.

Nach der Geliebten sehn' ich mich,
Sie ist auf Erden nie! 
Beglückt hier nimmer wähn' ich mich! 
Im Himmel nur ist sie! 

Voll Sehnsucht [sie]3 empor mich zieht,
[Schon wird das Herz mir]4 leicht! 
Der letzte Hauch im Lied entflieht,
Im Lied das Herz entweicht!«

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 2, 1

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Confirmed with Vermischte Gedichte von K. A. Varnhagen von Ense. Frankfurt am Main bei Franz Varrentrapp, 1816, pages 15-16.

First published in Musenalmanach auf das Jahr 1804. Herausgegeben von L. A. v. Chamisso und K. A. Varnhagen. Leipzig, bei Carl Gottlob Schmidt. 1804, pages 60-61. Here the poem has the title Romanze and an additional stanza between stanza 1 and 2:

Es klang so zart und süß ins Herz,
Ein Herz im Liede lebt:
Und ew'ger, ew'ger Liebesschmerz
In ihm zum Himmel strebt.

1 Schubert: "klang es durch"
2 Varnhagen (first edition 1804): "Nachts strahlt ihr Bild zu mir hinab,"
3 Varnhagen (first edition 1804): "es"
4 Varnhagen (first edition 1804): "Das Herz wird mir so"

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


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  • by Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828), "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen", D. 965 (1828), published 1830 [voice, piano, clarinet], note: the title in French translation is "Le pâtre sur le rocher" ; the title in English is "The shepherd on the rock"; Catalan : "El pastor damunt la roca"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Covadonga González Bernardo) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-04-01.
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Tan nostálgica sonaba en el bosque la...

Language: Spanish (Español) after the German (Deutsch)

Tan nostálgica sonaba en el bosque la canción,
Tan nostálgica sonaba a través de la noche,
 (que) los corazones hacia el cielo elevaba
Con milagrosa fuerza.

En profundo pesar me consumo, 
¡La alegría me ha abandonado!
En la tierra la esperanza me ha abandonado,
¡Aquí estoy tan solo!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Spanish (Español) copyright © 2019 by Covadonga González Bernardo, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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