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Herrn Josef Spaun, Assessor in Linz

Language: German (Deutsch)

 Und nimmer schreibst du?
 Bleibest uns verloren,
 Ein starr Verstummter, nun für ew'ge Zeit?
 Vielleicht, weil neue Freunde du erkoren?
 Wardst du Assessor denn am Tisch so breit,
 Woran beim Aktenstoß seufzt Langeweile,
 Um abzusterben aller Freudigkeit?
 Doch nein, nur wir sind's, nur uns ward zu Teile
 Dies Schweigen, dies Verstummen und Vergessen.
 Armut und Not selbst an der kleinsten Zeile!
 Für jeden bist du schriftkarg nicht gesessen;
 Für manchen kamen Briefe angeflogen,
 Und nach der Elle hast du sie gemessen;
 Doch uns, Barbar, hast du dein Herz entzogen!

 Schwingt euch kühn, zu bange Klagen,
 Aus empörter Brust hervor,
 Und von Melodien getragen,
 Wagt euch an des Fernen Ohr!
 Was er immer mag erwidern,
 Dieses hier saget doch;
 »Zwar vergessen, jenes Biedern
 Denken wir in Liebe noch.«

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Note: Schubert received the text of this humorous complaint letter, which Matthäus von Collin sent to his cousin Josef von Spaun, in handwritten form. The text is documented as item no. 300 in Franz Schubert. Die Dokumente seines Lebens und Schaffens. Herausgegeben von Otto Erich Deutsch. Zweiter Band. Erste Hälfte. München und Leipzig 1914 bei Georg Müller, pages 119-120.

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) , "Epístola "Al Sr. Josef von Spaun, assessor a Linz”", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Epistel. Een muzikale grap", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Epistle: To Mr. Joseph von Spaun, Assessor in Linz", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Épître « À Monsieur Joseph Spaun, assesseur à Linz »", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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