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Das Grab ist tief und stille

Language: German (Deutsch)

Das Grab ist tief und stille,
Und schauderhaft sein Rand.
Es deckt mit schwarzer Hülle
Ein unbekanntes Land.

Das Lied der Nachtigallen
Tönt nicht in seinem Schooß.
Der Freundschaft Rosen fallen
Nur auf des Hügels Moos.

Verlaßne Bräute ringen
Umsonst die Hände wund;
Der [Waise]1 Klagen dringen
Nicht in der Tiefe Grund.

Doch sonst an keinem Orte
Wohnt die ersehnte Ruh;
Nur durch die [dunkle]2 Pforte
Geht man der Heimat zu. 

Das arme Herz, hienieden
Von manchem Sturm bewegt,
Erlangt den wahren Frieden
Nur [wo]3 es nicht mehr schlägt.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE RUS

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Confirmed with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Gesammelt durch seinen Freund Friedrich Matthisson. Zürich, bey Orell, Gessner, Füssli und Compagnie. 1793, pages 35-36; and with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1815. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 36-37.

First published in a different version in Göttinger Musenalmanach 1788, see below.

1 Schubert (D.643A): "Waisen"
2 Westenholz: "enge"
3 Westenholz: "wenn"

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The grave

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 The grave is deep and silent,
 and dreadful is its edge;
 it covers with black shrouds
 an unknown land.
 
 The song of the nightingale
 resounds not in its depths.
 Roses of happiness fall
 only upon the moss of the hill.
 
 Forsaken brides struggle
 in vain with bloodied hands;
 the lamenting of orphans
 cannot penetrate its depths.
 
 Yet in no other place
 can one find the sought-for rest;
 only through this dark gate
 does one finally reach Home.
 
 The poor heart, here on earth,
 thrown about by many a storm,
 will attain true peace
 only when it beats no more.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Gaudenz Freiherr von Salis-Seewis (1762 - 1834), "Das Grab", written 1783, first published 1788 CAT DUT FRE RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gustav Flügel, J. G. Hübner, Carl Theodor Moritz, Friedrich Johann Albrecht Muck, Vincenzo Righini, Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, Othmar Schoeck, Franz Peter Schubert, Johann Xaver Sterkel, Sophia Maria Westenholz, née Fritscher, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg. Go to the text.

 

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