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Ein Winterabend

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn der Schnee ans Fenster fällt,
Lang die Abendglocke läutet,
Vielen ist der Tisch bereitet
Und das Haus ist wohl bestellt.

Mancher auf der Wanderschaft
Kommt ans Tor auf dunklen Pfaden.
Golden blüht der Baum der Gnaden
Aus der Erde kühlem Saft.

Wanderer tritt still herein;
Schmerz versteinerte die Schwelle.
Da erglänzt in reiner Helle
Auf dem Tische Brot und Wein.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Submitted by Hubert Schmid


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):

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "A winter evening", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Une soirée d'hiver", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-06-07 10:29:43
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Word count: 61

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Une soirée d'hiver

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Quand la neige tombe à la fenêtre,
La cloche du soir sonne longtemps,
la table est prête pour beaucoup
et la maison est bien fournie.

Beaucoup dans leur voyage
arrivent à la porte par de sombres chemins.
L'arbre des grâces fleurit doré
à partir de la sève fraîche de la terre.

Le voyageur entre silencieux ;
La douleur est restée sur le seuil.
Alors brillent en une pure lumière
sur la table le pain et le vin.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914), "Ein Winterabend", appears in Der Herbst des Einsamen, 2. Fassung ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Friedhelm Döhl, Gordon Kerry, Wilhelm Killmayer, Wilhelm Petersen, Josef Schelb, Thomas Schubert, Rudi Spring, Jan Stuten, Anton von Webern. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-09-23.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:22
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Word count: 77