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Am Fenster

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ihr lieben Mauern, [sanft]1 und traut,
Die ihr mich kühl umschließt,
Und [silberglänzig]2 niederschaut,
[Wann]3 droben Vollmond ist:
Ihr saht mich einst so traurig da,
Mein Haupt auf schlaffer Hand, -
Als ich in mir allein mich sah,
Und [keiner]4 mich verstand.

Jetzt brach ein [ander]5 Licht heran:
Die Trauerzeit ist um:
Und manche ziehn mit mir die Bahn
Durch's Lebensheiligthum.
Sie raubt der Zufall ewig nie
Aus meinem treuen Sinn:
In tiefster Seele trag' ich sie, -
Da reicht kein Zufall hin.

Du Mauer wähnst mich trüb' wie einst
Das ist die stille Freud';
Wenn du vom Mondlicht wiederscheinst,
Wird mir die Brust so weit.
An jedem Fenster wähn' ich dann
Ein Freundeshaupt, gesenkt,
Das auch so schaut zum Himmel an,
[Und]6 auch so meiner denkt!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Joh. Gabr. Seidl's Dichtungen. Zweiter Theil. Lieder der Nacht. [...] Von Johann Gabriel Seidl. Wien. Druck und Verlag von J. P. Sollinger. 1826, pages 5-6; with Lieder der Nacht. Von Johann Gabriel Seidl. Zweite, verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage. Wien, 1851. Druck und Verlag von J. P. Sollinger's Witwe, pages 10-11; and with Joh. Gabr. Seidl's gesammelte Schriften. Mit einer Einleitung von Julius von der Traun. Herausgegeben von Hans Max. Erster Band. [...] Wien, 1877. Wilhelm Braumüller k.k. Hof- und Universitätsbuchhändler, page 25.

1 Schubert: "hold"; Seidl (1851 and 1877 editions): "still"
2 Schubert, and Seidl (1877 edition): "silberglänzend"
3 Schubert: "Wenn"
4 Seidl (1851 and 1877 editions): "niemand"
5 Seidl (1851 and 1877 editions): "andres"
6 Schubert: "Das"

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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan het venster", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "At the window", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À la fenêtre", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Alla finestra", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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At the window

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You dear walls, lovely and cosy,
that coolly surround me 
and gaze down on me with a silver gleam
when above the moon is full!
You once saw me here so sad,
my head in my weary hands, 
when I saw only into myself alone
and no one understood me.

Now a new dawn has broken:
the time of sadness is past.
And many follow with me this path
through sacred Life.
Fate will never steal them
from my faithful regard,
for I carry them deep in my soul
where Fate does not have power.

You walls suppose me as gloomy as before,
because this is a quiet joy.
When you shine from moonlight
my heart swells.
At every window, I imagine
a friendly head, lowered,
that soon gazes upward toward the sky
and thinks about me as well.

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