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Language: German (Deutsch)

Schön wie Engel voll Walhallas Wonne,
Schön vor allen Jünglingen war er,
Himmlisch mild sein Blick, wie Maiensonne,
Rückgestrahlt vom blauen Spiegelmeer.

Seine Küsse - paradiesisch Fühlen!
Wie [zwo]1 Flammen sich ergreifen, wie
Harfentöne in einander spielen
Zu der himmelvollen Harmonie -

Stürzten, flogen, [schmolzen]2 Geist [und]3 Geist zusammen,
Lippen, Wangen brannten, zitterten,
Seele rann in Seele - Erd und Himmel schwammen
Wie zerronnen um die Liebenden!

Er ist hin - vergebens, ach vergebens
Stöhnet ihm der bange Seufzer nach!
Er ist hin, und alle Lust des Lebens
[Wimmert]4 hin in ein verlor'nes Ach!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller, Zweiter Theil, Zweite, verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage, Leipzig, 1805, bei Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, pages 78-79; and with Schiller's anonymously published Die Räuber. Ein Schauspiel. Frankfurt und Leipzig, 1781, page 112.

First published as Amalia's song in "Die Räuber", act 3, scene 1, with an additional stanza (between stanza 1 and 2), which was omitted by Schiller in the editions of his collected poems:

Sein Umarmen - wütendes Entzüken! -
Mächtig feurig klopfte Herz an Herz,
Mund und Ohr gefesselt - Nacht vor unsern Bliken -
Und der Geist gewirbelt himmelwärts.

1 Schiller (Wien 1810 edition), and Schubert: "zwei"
2 Schiller (Die Räuber): "rasten"
3 Schubert: "in"
4 Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "Rinnet"

Submitted by Richard Morris 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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Amalia", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Amalia", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Amalia", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Amalia", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Amalia", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-02-12 06:56:03
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Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Bello come gli angeli pieno di gioia di paradiso, 
bello più di tutti gli altri giovani egli era, 
divinamente dolce il suo sguardo, come sole di maggio, 
riflesso dallo specchio dell'azzurro del mare. 

I suoi baci - sensazione di paradiso! 
Come due fiamme si uniscono, 
come corde d'arpa vibrano una 
con l'altra nell'armonia divina - 

cadevano, volavano, si fondevano insieme i nostri spiriti, 
labbra, guance ardevano, tremavano, 
l'anima correva nell'anima - Terra e cielo fluttuavano 
come dileguandosi intorno agli amanti! 

Egli è morto - invano, ah invano 
lo chiama il sospiro dolente! 
Egli è morto, ed ogni gioia della vita 
se ne va in un perduto lamento!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805), "Amalia", written <<1780, first published 1781 CAT DUT ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-11-19 00:00:00.
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