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Der Entfernten

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wohl denk' ich allenthalben,
O du Entfernte, dein!
Früh, wenn die Wolken [falben]1,
Und spät im Sternenschein.
Im Grund des Morgengoldes,
Im rothen Abendlicht,
Umschwebst du mich, o holdes,
Geliebtes Traumgesicht!

Es folgt in alle Weite
Dein trautes Bild mir nach,
Es wallt mir stets zur Seite,
Im Träumen oder wach;
Wenn Lüfte sanft bestreifen
Der See beschilften Strand,
Umflüstern mich die Schleifen
Von seinem Busenband.

Ein Abglanz seines Schleyers
Scheint auf die Saat gewebt;
Sein Hauch, was des Gemäuers
Bewegten Eppich hebt;
Der Kleidung weiche Falten,
Geformt aus Glanz und Duft,
Entschwinden in den Spalten
Der öden Felsenkluft.

Wo rauschender und trüber
Der Strom Gebirge trennt,
Weht oft sein Laut herüber,
Den meine Seele kennt;
Wenn ich den Fels erklimme,
Den noch kein Fuß erreicht,
Lausch' ich nach jener Stimme,
Doch Kluft und Echo schweigt. 

Wo durch die Nacht der Fichten
Ein Dämm'rungsflimmer wallt,
Seh' ich dich zögernd flüchten,
Geliebte Luftgestalt!
Wenn sanft dir nachzulangen,
Der Sehnsucht Arm sich hebt,
Ist dein Phantom zergangen,
Wie Thaugedüft verschwebt.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE SPA

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-2 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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Confirmed with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1815. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 85-86.

1 Schubert (D.331 only): "fallen"

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) , "A la que és lluny", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan de verre afwezige", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To the distant beloved", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "To someone far away", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À la lointaine", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Daniel Faure) , "A la amada distante", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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To the distant beloved

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Wherever I am, I think
about you, my distant beloved!
In the morning when the clouds grow pale,
and late at night in the starlight,
at the beginning of golden dawn
and in the red light of evening,
you hover before me, o sweet,
most beloved dream-image!

Everywhere I go, 
your dear image follows me;
it always floats to my side
when I'm dreaming or awake;
When breezes gently brush
the shore of the reedy ocean,
I hear the whispered rustling
of your bodice.

Where noisier and darker,
the river parts the mountains,
its sound often comes over to me
and my soul knows it;
when I climb the cliff
that no foot has ever reached before,
I listen for that voice
but nothing echoes from the gulf below.

Where through the night the pines
gleam with a dusky glimmer,
I see you fleeing hesitantly,
beloved, airy figure!
When I reach out gently for you,
my arms lifted in yearning,
your phantom melts
and is wafted away like dewy mist.

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