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Im Herbst

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Wald wird falb, die Blätter fallen,
Wie öd und still der Raum!
Die Bächlein nur gehn durch die Buchenhallen
Lind rauschend wie im Traum,
Und Abendglocken schallen
Fern von des Waldes Saum.

Was wollt ihr mich so wild verlocken
hier in der Einsamkeit?
Wie in der Heimat klingen diese Glocken
Aus stiller Kinderzeit-
Ich wende mich erschrocken,
Ach, was mich liebt, ist weit!

So brecht hervor nur, alte Lieder,
Und brecht das Herz mir ab!
Noch einmal grüß ich aus der Ferne wieder,
Was ich nur Liebes hab,
Mich aber zieht es nieder
Vor Wehmut wie ins Grab.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Submitted by Jakob Kellner


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Jakob Kellner) , title 1: "In Autumn", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "In autunno", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "En automne", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "In de herfst", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27

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In Autumn

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The forest yellows, the leaves fall,
how desolate and silent it is!
The brooks alone run through the beech-halls
softly murmuring as if in a dream,
and evening bells ring
distantly from the forest's edge.

To what do you so wildly lure me
here in the solitude?
These bells sound as at home
in the silent days of my childhood-
I turn startled,
alas, that which loves me is far away!

So burst forth now, old songs,
and break my heart!
Once again I greet from afar
what alone I love,
but I am dragged down
wistfully as if into the grave.

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Word count: 102