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An die Königin Elisabeth

Language: German (Deutsch) after the French (Français)

Nur ein Gedanke, der mich freut und quält,
    Hält [ewigwechselnd]1 mir den Sinn gefangen,
    Sodaß der Furcht und Hoffnung Stimmen klangen,
    Als ich die Stunden ruhelos gezählt.

Und wenn mein Herz dieß Blatt zum Boten wählt,
    Und kündet, Euch zu sehen, mein Verlangen,
    Dann, theure Schwester, fasst mich neues Bangen,
    Weil ihm die Macht, es zu beweisen fehlt.

Ich [sah]2 den Kahn, im Hafen fast geborgen,
    Vom Sturm [im]3 Kampf der Wogen festgehalten,
    Des Himmels heit'res Antlitz nachtumgraut.

So bin auch ich bewegt von [bangen]4 Sorgen,
    Vor Euch nicht, Schwester! Doch des Schicksals Walten
    Zerreißt das Segel oft, dem wir vertraut.

Translation(s): DUT ENG

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Confirmed with: Rose und Distel, Poesien aus England und Schottland, übertragen von Giesbert Freiherrn Vincke, Dessau, Druck und Verlag von Gebrüder Katz, 1853, page 33.

1 Schumann: "ewig"
2 Schumann: "seh"
3 Schumann: "und"
4 Schumann: "Furcht und"

Submitted by Ted Perry and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan koningin Elisabeth", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "To Queen Elizabeth", subtitle: "By Mary Stuart. [original in] Italian", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2015-02-03.
Last modified: 2015-02-03 21:11:07
Line count: 14
Word count: 101

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To Queen Elizabeth

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

One thought alone that gladdens and tortures me
    Holds my spirit captive [in eternal fluctuation]1
    So that the voices of both dread and hope rang out
    While restlessly I counted the hours.

And when my heart chooses this leaf of paper as its messenger,
    And tells of my longing to see you,
    Then, valued sister, I am gripped by new anxiety,
    Because [this leaf of paper] lacks the power to give evidence thereof.

I [saw]2 the barque, almost safe in harbour,
    Held fast by the storm [in]3 the battle of the waves,
    The bright visage of the heavens shrouded by night.

Thus, I too, am beset by [anxious]4 cares,
    Not [fear of] you, sister! But the machinations of fate
    Often tear the sail that we trusted.

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Subtitle: "By Mary Stuart. [original in] Italian"

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1 Schumann: "eternally"
2 Schumann: "see"
3 Schumann: "and"
4 Schumann: "fears and"


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Text added to the website: 2003-11-11.
Last modified: 2015-02-03 19:48:25
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