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Abendständchen. An Lina

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sey sanft, wie ihre Seele,
Und heiter, wie ihr Blick,
O Abend! und vermähle
Mit seltner Treu das Glück.

Wenn alles schläft, und trübe
Die stille Lampe scheint,
Nur hoffnungslose Liebe
[Noch helle]1 Thränen weint:

Will ich, laß mir's gelingen!
Zu ihrem Fenster gehn,
Ein Lied [von Liebe]2 singen;
Und [schmachtend]3 nach ihr sehn.

Vielleicht, daß Klagetöne
Von meinem Saitenspiel
Mehr wirken auf die Schöne,
Mehr reizen ihr Gefühl;
 
Vielleicht daß meine Saiten
Und meine Phantasie'n 
Ein Herz zur Liebe leiten,
Das unempfindlich schien.
 
Wenn sie, im sanften Schlummer
Durch Lieder gern gestört,
Halbträumend meinen Kummer
Und meine Leiden hört;
 
Dann bang, und immer bänger,
Von ihrem Lager steigt,
Und was er litt, ihr Sänger,
Sich selber überzeugt:
 
Dann leucht' aus deiner Höhe
Herab, geliebter Mond!
Daß ich die [Thräne]4 sehe,
Die meinen Schmerz belohnt.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Sämmtliche Gedichte Gabrielens von Baumberg. Wien, gedruckt bey Joh. Thom. Edl. v. Trattnern, k.k. Hofbuchdrucker und Buchhändler, 1800, pages 243-244; and with Gedichte von Gabriele Batsányi geb. Baumberg. Gedruckt bey J.V.Degen. Wien, 1805, pages 26-28, with the title An Lina and subtitle (Abendständchen, nach dem Französischen.).

1 Baumberg (1805 edition): "Verborgne"; Schubert: "Oft helle"
2 Baumberg (1805 edition): "zur Laute"
3 Baumberg (1805 edition): "lauschend"
4 Baumberg (1800 edition), probably misprint: "Thränen"

Submitted by Emily Ezust and Peter Rastl

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Serenata de capvespre. A Lina", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Avondserenade. Voor Lina", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Evening Serenade. To Lina", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Evening serenade. To Lina", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sérénade du soir. À Lina", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Serenata della sera. A Lina", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Evening Serenade. To Lina

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Be as gentle as her soul,
and serene as her gaze,
o Evening, and join
happiness with uncommon fidelity.

When everyone is sleeping, 
and the silent lamp grows dim,
and hopeless love
weeps frequent, bright tears:

I wish (let it be so) 
to go to her window,
sing a song of love,
and gaze up, pining after her.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Gabriele von Baumberg (1768 - 1839), "Abendständchen. An Lina", subtitle: "Nach dem Französischen" CAT DUT FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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