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Im trüben Licht verschwinden schon die...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im trüben Licht verschwinden schon die Berge,
Es schwebt das Schiff auf glatten Meereswogen,
Worauf die Königinn mit ihrem Zwerge.

Sie schaut empor zum hochgewölbten Bogen,
Hinauf zur lichtdurchwirkten blauen Ferne,
Die mit der Milch des Himmels blaß durchzogen.

Nie habt ihr mir gelogen noch, ihr Sterne,
So ruft sie aus, bald werd' ich nun entschwinden,
Ihr sagt es mir, doch sterb' ich wahrlich gerne.

Da [geht]1 der Zwerg zur Königinn, mag binden
Um ihren Hals die Schnur von rother Seide,
Und weint, als wollt' er schnell vor Gram erblinden.

Er spricht: Du selbst bist schuld an diesem Leide,
Weil um den König du mich hast verlassen:
Jetzt weckt dein Sterben einzig mir noch Freude.

Zwar werd' ich ewiglich mich selber hassen,
Der dir mit dieser Hand den Tod gegeben,
Doch mußt zum frühen Grab du nun erblassen.

Sie legt die Hand auf's Herz voll jungem Leben,
Und aus dem Aug die schweren Thränen rinnen,
Das sie zum Himmel bethend will erheben.

Mögst du nicht Schmerz durch meinen Tod gewinnen!
Sie sagt's, da küßt der Zwerg die bleichen Wangen,
D'rauf alsobald vergehen ihr die Sinnen.

Der Zwerg schaut an die Frau, vom Tod befangen,
Er senkt sie tief in's Meer mit eig'nen Handen,
Ihm brennt nach ihr das Herz so voll Verlangen, -
An keiner Küste wird er je mehr landen.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE HEB ITA NOR RUS

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Confirmed with Selam. Ein Almanach für Freunde des Mannigfaltigen auf das Jahr 1813. Herausgegeben von I.F.Castelli. Wien, gedruckt und im Verlage bey Anton Strauß, pages 68-69.

Note: This is the first version of Collin's poem. A later, slightly modified version, with the title Der Zwerg, has been published posthumously in 1827 (see below).

1 Schubert: "tritt"

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De dwerg", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The dwarf", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "הגמד", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il nano", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Dvergen", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Elena Kalinina) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Il nano

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Già svaniscono i monti, la luce si fa smorta,
Sulle calme onde del mare scivola la vela,
che la regina ed il suo nano porta.
 
Lei verso la volta del cielo lo sguardo leva,
verso il lontano azzurro di luce intessuto;
che la via lattea col suo pallore vela.
 
"Sincere stelle, mai voi mi avete mentito,"
Lei grida "presto non sarò più viva, 
voi me lo dite, ma alla mia morte do il benvenuto."
 
Poi accanto alla regina il nano arriva,
le lega attorno al collo un nastro di seta rossa,
e un pianto di dolore accecante il suo viso lava.
 
E dice: "Di questa sofferenza hai colpa tu stessa,
perché per il re tu mi hai abbandonato,
ed ora soltanto la tua morte potrà ridarmi gaiezza.
 
"Ed anche se per sempre poi mi sarò pentito
di averti dato la morte con questa stessa mano,
a prematura morte ora il tuo corpo è destinato."
 
Ella posa la mano sul cuore, ancora di vita pieno,
pesanti lacrime sgorgano dai suoi occhi,
che in preghiera vorrebbe sollevare verso il cielo.
 
"Che per la morte mia nessun dolore ti tocchi!"
Ella dice; e bacia il nano sulle sue guance smorte,
poi, dopo aver detto questo, chiude per sempre gli occhi.
 
Il nano resta a guardare lei, fra le braccia della morte,
e con le sue mani la immerge nel mare profondo,
il suo cuore ancora arde di desiderio forte,
a riva nessuno dei due farà più ritorno.


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