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Das Grab ist tief und stille

Language: German (Deutsch)

Das Grab ist tief und stille,
Und schauderhaft sein Rand.
Es deckt mit schwarzer Hülle
Ein unbekanntes Land.

Das Lied der Nachtigallen
Tönt nicht in seinem Schooß.
Der Freundschaft Rosen fallen
Nur auf des Hügels Moos.

Verlaßne Bräute ringen
Umsonst die Hände wund;
Der Waise Klagen dringen
Nicht in der Tiefe Grund.

Doch sonst an keinem Orte
Wohnt die ersehnte Ruh;
Nur durch die [dunkle]1 Pforte
Geht man der Heimat zu. 

Das arme Herz, hienieden
Von manchem Sturm bewegt,
Erlangt den wahren Frieden
Nur [wo]2 es nicht mehr schlägt.


Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE RUS

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Confirmed with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Gesammelt durch seinen Freund Friedrich Matthisson. Zürich, bey Orell, Gessner, Füssli und Compagnie. 1793, pages 35-36; and with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1815. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 36-37.

First published in a different version in Göttinger Musenalmanach 1788, see below.

1 Westenholz: "enge"
2 Westenholz: "wenn"

Submitted by Emily Ezust and Peter Rastl

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Het graf

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Bij 't diepe graf heerst stilte,
Men huivert aan zijn rand,
Het dekt met zwarte kilte
Een raadselachtig land.
 
Het lied der nachtegalen
Weerklinkt niet in zijn schoot,
En vriendschapsrozen vallen
Slechts op een heuvel, bloot.
 
Verlaten bruiden wringen
Vergeefs hun handen wond,
De wezenklachten dringen
Niet door diep in de grond.
 
Maar nergens is een rustoord
Dan in dit bergje zand;
Slechts door de donk're doodspoort
Komt men in 't vaderland.
 
Ons hart in 't hier en heden,
Zo vaak ten einde raad,
Verkrijgt de ware vrede
Slechts waar het niet meer slaat.


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Gaudenz Freiherr von Salis-Seewis (1762 - 1834), "Das Grab", written 1783, first published 1788 ENG ENG FRE RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): J. G. Hübner, Carl Theodor Moritz, Friedrich Johann Albrecht Muck, Vincenzo Righini, Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, Othmar Schoeck, Franz Peter Schubert, Johann Xaver Sterkel, Sophia Maria Westenholz, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2009-12-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:28
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