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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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L’aguait amorós de la donzella

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

Allà baix hi ha un cavaller
al blanc raig de la lluna;
la seva cítara ressona
amb el turment d’un amor fidel:

                *  *  *

“Oreig, desplega les blaves ales,
suaument, per portar el meu missatge,
crida-la a sortir, sense fer fressa,
a aquesta petita finestra!

Digues-li que en el dosser de fullatge
hi sona un sospir ben conegut;
digues-li que algú encara vetlla
i que la nit és íntima i fresca.

Digues-li que la lluna, tan clara,
escampa la llum a la seva finestra;
digues-li com el bosc, la font,
parlen secretament d’amor!

Deixa que la llum de la teva imatge
resplendeixi a través dels arbres,
que, encisadora, s’entrellaci en
els meus somnis i el meu despertar!”

                  *  *  *

Però la tendra melodia
no arribà a les seves orelles;
el cantaire grimpà en silenci
a la petita finestra.

I allà dalt, el cavaller tragué
una petita garlanda de flors del seu pit,
la lligà fermament a la reixa
i sospirà: “Floriu en el goig!

I si ella pregunta qui us ha portat,
aleshores, flors, feu-li saber.”
Una veueta rigué a baix:
“Ha estat el teu cavaller Liebesmund (llavis d’amor).”

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