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Der Mondabend

Language: German (Deutsch)

Rein und freundlich lacht der Himmel
Nieder auf die dunkle Erde;
Tausend goldne Augen blinken
Lieblich in die Brust der Menschen,
Und des Mondes lichte Scheibe
Segelt heiter durch die Bläue.

Auf den goldnen Strahlen zittern
Süßer Wehmuth Silbertropfen,
Dringen sanft mit leisem Hauche
In das stille Herz voll Liebe,
Und befeuchten mir das Auge
Mit der Sehnsucht zartem Thaue.

Funkelnd prangt der Stern des Abends
In den lichtbesäten Räumen,
Spielt mit seinem Demantblitzen
Durch der Lichte Duftgewebe,
Und viel' holde Engelsknaben
Streuen Lilien um die Sterne.

Schön und hehr ist wohl der Himmel
In des Abends Wunderglanze;
Aber meines Lebens Sterne
Wohnen in dem kleinsten Kreise:
In das Auge meiner Silli
Sind sie alle hingezaubert.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Selam. Ein Almanach für Freunde des Mannigfaltigen, Herausgegeben von I.F.Castelli, Vierter Jahrgang 1815, Wien, gedruckt und im Verlage bey Anton Strauß, pages 288-289.

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) , "El vespre a la llum de la lluna", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Avond met maanlicht", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "The moonlit evening", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le soir au clair de lune", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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The moonlit evening

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The sky is pure and friendly as it laughs
Down onto the dark earth.
A thousand golden eyes glow
Lovingly in human breasts
And the bright disc of the moon
Sails serenely through the blueness.

Glittering on the golden rays are
Silver drops of sweet sadness.
With light breath they gently infuse
The quiet heart, filling it with love,
And they moisten my eye
With the gentle dew of longing.

The evening star gleams magnificently
In the light strewn firmament.
With its diamond sparkle it plays
Through the hazy veil of light
And many noble angel children
Scatter lilies around the stars.

The sky is truly beautiful and sublime
In the miraculous glow of evening,
But the stars of my life
Live in the smallest of circles:
In the eye of my Silli
That is where a spell has cast them.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Gottfried Kumpf (1781 - 1862), as Ermin, "Der Mondabend", first published 1815 CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Anton Bruckner, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


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