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Dein Silber schien

Language: German (Deutsch)

Dein Silber schien
Durch Eichengrün,
Das Kühlung gab,
Auf mich herab,
O Mond, und lachte Ruh
Mir frohen Knaben zu.

Wenn [itzt]1 dein Licht
Durchs Fenster bricht,
Lachts keine Ruh
Mir [Jüngling]2 zu,
Siehts meine Wange blaß,
Mein [Auge thränennaß]3.

[Bald]4, lieber Freund,
Ach, [bald]5 bescheint
Dein Silberschein
Den Leichenstein,
Der meine Asche birgt,
[Des Jünglings Asche birgt!]6


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Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Besorgt durch seine Freunde Friederich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg und Johann Heinrich Voß. Carlsruhe, bey Christian Gottlieb Schmieder, 1784, page 100; and with Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty's Sämtliche Werke kritisch und chronologisch herausgegeben von Wilhelm Michael, Erster Band, Weimar, Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen, 1914, page 128.

Note: Hölty's poem, initially with the title "An den Mond", was published by Johann Heinrich Voß in a revised version, with the title "Klage".

1 Mendelssohn-Hensel: "jetzt"
2 Schubert (second version only): "Knaben"
3 Hölty (original version): "Aug von Thränen naß"
4 Hölty (original version): "Wann"
5 Hölty (original version): "wann"
6 Hölty (original version): "Wenn Minneharm mich würgt?"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Plany a la lluna", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Your silver shone through green oaks", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Ton argent luisait

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

Ton argent luisait
À travers le feuillage des chênes,
Déversait sa fraîcheur
En bas, sur moi,
Ô lune, et souriait paisiblement
Vers moi, joyeux garçon.

Quand maintenant ta lumière
Se réfracte par la fenêtre,
Il n'y a plus de sourire paisible
Vers moi, jeune homme,
Mes joues sont blêmes
Mes yeux humides de larmes.

Bientôt, chère amie,
Ah bientôt tu éclaireras
De ton éclat d'argent
La pierre tombale
Qui abritera mes cendres,
Abritera les cendres d'un jeune homme.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776), title 1: "An den Mond", title 2: "Klage", written 1773 CAT CAT DUT ENG ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Blasser, Moritz, Graf von Dietrichstein, Rubin Goldmark, Jan Bedřich Kittl, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Franz Xaver Mozart, Sigismund von Neukomm, Franz Peter Schubert, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2009-10-06.
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