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Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag' erhoben

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Italian (Italiano)

Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag' erhoben
Und vor dem Herrn die Sache kund gemacht;
Er wolle nicht mehr stehn am Himmel droben,
Du habest ihn um seinen Glanz gebracht.

Als er zuletzt das Sternenheer gezählt,
Da hab es an der vollen Zahl gefehlt; 
Zwei von den schönsten habest du entwendet:
Die beiden Augen dort, die mich verblendet.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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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):

  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "The moon has raised a grave complaint", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:58
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Word count: 58

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The moon has raised a grave complaint

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The moon has raised a grave complaint
And made the matter known unto the Lord:
He no longer wants to stay in the heavens,
For you have robbed him of his radiance.
When he last counted the multitude of stars,
Their full number was not complete;
Two of the fairest you have stolen:
Those two eyes, which have dazzled me.

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Text added to the website: 2003-11-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:58
Line count: 8
Word count: 60