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An den Mond in einer Herbstnacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Freundlich ist dein Antlitz,
Sohn des Himmels!
Leis sind deine Tritte
Durch des Aethers Wüste,
Holder Nachtgefährte.

Dein Schimmer ist sanft und erquickend,
Wie das Wort des Trostes
Von des Freundes Lippe,
Wenn ein schrecklicher Geyer
An der Seele nagt.

Manche Thräne siehst du,
Siehst so manches Lächeln,
Hörst der Liebe trauliches Geflüster,
Leuchtest ihr auf stillem Pfade,
Hoffnung schwebt auf deinem Strahle
Herab zum stillen Dulder,
Der verlassen geht auf bedorntem Weg.

Du siehst auch meine Freunde,
Zerstreut in fernen Landen;
Du gießest deinen Schimmer
Auch auf die frohen Hügel,
Wo [ich]1 als Knabe hüpfte,
Wo oft bei deinem Lächeln
Ein unbekanntes Sehnen
Mein junges Herz ergriff.

Du blickst auch auf die Stätte,
Wo meine Lieben [ruhen]2,
Wo der Thau fällt auf ihr Grab,
Und die Gräser drüber [wehen]3
In dem Abendhauche.

Doch dein Schimmer
Dringt nicht in die dunkle Kammer,
Wo sie ruhen von des Lebens [Mühe]4,
Wo auch ich bald ruhen werde!
Du wirst geh'n und wiederkehren,
[Und]5 seh'n noch manches Lächeln,
Dann werd' ich nicht mehr lächeln,
Dann werd' ich nicht mehr weinen,
Mein wird man [dann]6 nicht mehr gedenken
Auf dieser schönen Erde.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Poetische Werke von Aloys Schreiber. Erster Band. Tübingen, bei Heinrich Laupp. 1817, pages 366-367; and with Aloys Schreiber's Gedichte. Zweyter Theil. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1817. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 68-69.

First published in a slightly different version in 1801; see below.

1 Schubert: "ich oft"
2 Schubert: "ruhn"
3 Schubert: "wehn"
4 Schubert: "Müh'n"
5 Schubert: "Du wirst"
6 omitted by Schubert

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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)

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "A la lluna en una nit de tardor", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan de maan in een herfstnacht", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To the moon on an autumn night", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À la lune, une nuit d'automne", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Alla luna in una notte autunnale", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

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Alla luna in una notte autunnale

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Amico è il tuo volto,
figlia del cielo!
Dolce il tuo cammino
attraverso le solitudini celesti,
o incantevole compagna della Notte.

La tua luce mite dà ristoro
come una parola di conforto
che viene dalle labbra di un amico,
quando l'angoscia, pauroso avvoltoio,
sembra roderti l'anima.

Vedi tante lacrime,
e vedi anche tanti sorrisi;
ascolti l'intimo sussurrare degli amanti,
illumini il loro tranquillo cammino.
Dai tuoi raggi discende la speranza
su chi pazienta in silenzio,
percorrendo da solo un sentiero di spine.

Illumini anche i miei amici,
dispersi in terre lontane.
Diffondi il tuo bagliore
sulle felici colline
dove spesso saltellavo da ragazzo,
e dove, quando mi sorridevi,
uno strano desiderio
prendeva spesso il mio giovane cuore.

Il tuo sguardo si posa anche sul luogo
dove  dormono i miei cari,
la rugiada discende sulle loro tombe,
e l'erba che le copre ondeggia
nella brezza della sera.

Eppure la tua luce
non penetra nella buia cripta
dove riposano dalle fatiche della vita,
e dove presto riposerò anch'io.
Tu invece ancora andrai 
e poi farai ritorno e vedrai ancora molti sorrisi;
Ma io non sorriderò più,
e nemmeno verserò più lacrime,
e di me non ci sarà più memoria,
su questa bella terra.


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