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Siehst du am Abend die Wolken zieh'n

Language: German (Deutsch)

Siehst du am Abend die Wolken zieh'n,
Siehst du die Spitzen der Berge glüh'n;
Mit ewigem Schnee die Gipfel umglänzt,
Mit grünenden Wäldern die Täler umkränzt[?] 
Ach, in die Ferne sehnt sich mein Herz!

Ach, in den Wäldern, so ewig grün,
Kann still und heimlich die Liebe glühn.
[Nur]1 der Morgen sieht sie, der Abendschein,
Und die Lieb' ist mit Liebe so selig allein.
Ach, in die Ferne sehnt sich mein Herz!

Am starren Felsen bricht sich der Nord,
Sanft wehen Lüftchen im Tale fort;
Durch die Wälder schimmert der Mond einher,
Und ferne, da rauschet und brauset das Meer. 
Ach, in die Ferne sehnt sich mein Herz! 

O könnt ich ziehen im Morgenrot,
O hauchte Abend mir Liebestod[!] 
Es schwindet das Leben, du weißt es kaum,
O ewige Liebe, O ewiger Traum!
Ach, in die Ferne sehnt sich mein Herz!

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 (Sharon Krebs) (Harald Krebs) , "Into the distance", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:37

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Word count: 141

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Into the distance

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Do you see the clouds passing at evening,
Do you see the tops of the mountains glowing,
The peaks shining with eternal snow,
The valleys bounded by green forests[?]
Oh! My heart longs for faraway places!

Oh! In the eternally green forests
Love may glow silently and secretly.
Morning sees it and the evening glow [sees it],
And the lover is rapturously alone with the beloved.
Oh! My heart longs for faraway places!

The northwind is broken on the stark rocks.
In the valley the breezes continue to blow gently;
The moon shimmers through the forests,
And far away, the ocean is roaring and crashing.
Oh! My heart longs for faraway places!

Oh, could I but pass away in the morning light,
Oh, if evening could bring me love's death[!]
Life is passing away, you barely notice it,
Oh eternal love, oh eternal dream!
Oh! My heart longs for faraway places!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by (Gustav) Hermann Kletke (1813 - 1886) FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Otto Claudius, Heinrich Esser, Eduard Hermes, Johann Wenzeslaus Kalliwoda, Franz Paul Lachner, Josephine Lang, Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe, Heinrich August Marschner, August Heinrich Leberecht August Mühling, Franz Otto, Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, Fr. Conr. Schwiening, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2006-11-10 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:19

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Word count: 151