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Herangedämmert kam der Abend

Language: German (Deutsch)

Herangedämmert kam der Abend,
Wilder toste die Flut,
Und ich saß am Strand, und schaute zu
Dem weißen Tanz der Wellen,
Und meine Brust schwoll auf wie das Meer,
Und sehnend ergriff mich ein tiefes Heimweh
Nach dir, du holdes Bild,
Das überall mich umschwebt,
Und überall mich ruft,
Überall, überall,
Im Sausen des Windes, im Brausen des Meers,
Und im Seufzen der eigenen Brust.
  	Mit leichtem Rohr schrieb ich in den Sand:
«Agnes, ich liebe Dich!»
Doch böse Wellen ergossen sich
Über das süße Bekenntnis,
Und löschten es aus.

Zerbrechliches Rohr, zerstiebender Sand,
Zerfließende Wellen, euch trau ich nicht mehr!
Der Himmel wird dunkler, mein Herz wird wilder,
Und mit starker Hand, aus Norwegs Wäldern,
Reiß ich die höchste Tanne,
Und tauche sie ein
In des Ätnas glühenden Schlund, und mit solcher
Feuergetränkten Riesenfeder
Schreib ich an die dunkle Himmelsdecke:
«Agnes, ich liebe Dich!»

Jedwede Nacht lodert alsdann
Dort oben die ewige Flammenschrift,
Und alle nachwachsende Enkelgeschlechter
Lesen jauchzend die Himmelsworte:
«Agnes, ich liebe Dich!»


Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE FRE

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  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown ENG by Louis C. de Coppet.

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Text added to the website: 2008-05-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:42
Line count: 32
Word count: 166

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The evening came stealing in twilight

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The evening came stealing in twilight,
Wilder sounded the flood;
On the shore I sat and gazed
At the snow-white dance of waters;
And then my breast heaved big like the sea,
And yearning desire for home o'ercame me,
For thee, thou loveliest,
Who everywhere hoverest near,
Who everywhere call'st on me,
Everywhere, everywhere,
In sounding of wind, in resounding of sea,
And in sobbings which breathe from my heart. 
With a slender reed I wrote on the sand:
"Agnes, I love thee!"

But evil billows came streaming
Over the tender avowal,
And washed it away. 
Oh, too fragile reed! oh, thou unstable sand!
Ephemeral waters, to you I trust nevermore.
The heavens grow darker, my heart more reckless,
And with mighty hand from Norway's forests
Tearing the loftiest pine,
Deep do I plunge it
Into Etna's fierce glowing maw, and I write with
This pen of the Giants', flame-sodden,
I write on the dark vault of heaven:
"Agnes, I love thee!" 

Each night returning glows evermore
Above me the flame-scroll eternally,
And races of children to come, thro' all ages,
Joyous shall read those heavenly words:
"Agnes, I love thee!"


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), "Erklärung", appears in Buch der Lieder, in Die Nordsee, in Erster Zyklus, no. 6 FRE FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Willis Bridegam, Louis C. de Coppet, Carl Krill, A. J. Muck, Carl, Graf Nostitz, Alexander Ritter, Josef Scheu, Stella Stovkis, Władysław Tarnowski, Count, Julius Weiss. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2008-05-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:42
Line count: 32
Word count: 191