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An den Mond

Language: German (Deutsch)

Was schauest du so hell und klar
Durch diese Apfelbäume,
Wo [einst dein Freund]1 so selig war,
Und träumte süße Träume?
Verhülle deinen Silberglanz,
Und schimmre, wie du schimmerst,
Wenn du den frühen Todtenkranz
Der jungen Braut beflimmerst!

Du blickst umsonst so hell und klar
In diese Laube nieder;
Nie findest du das frohe Paar
In [ihrem]2 Schatten wieder!
Ein schwarzes, feindliches Geschick
[Entriß mir meine Schöne!]3
Kein Seufzer [zaubert]4 sie zurück,
Und keine Sehnsuchtsthräne!

[O]5 wandelt sie hinfort einmal
An meiner Ruhestelle,
Dann [mache flugs mit trübem]6 Stral
Des Grabes Blumen helle!
Sie setze weinend sich aufs Grab,
Wo Rosen niederhangen,
Und pflücke sich ein Blümchen ab,
Und [drück' es an die]7 Wangen.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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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, pages 87-88; with Poetische Blumenlese für das Jahr 1776. Von den Verfassern der bisherigen Göttinger Blumenlese, nebst einem Anhange die Freymaurerey betreffend; Herausgegeben von J. H. Voß. Lauenburg, gedruckt bey Johann Georg Berenberg, pages 172-173; and with Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty's Sämtliche Werke kritisch und chronologisch herausgegeben von Wilhelm Michael, Erster Band, Weimar, Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen, 1914, page 172.

1 Hölty (original version): "weiland ich"
2 Hölty (original version): "diesen"
3 Hölty (original version): "Entrief sie dieser Scene;"
4 Hölty (original version): "flügelt"
5 Hölty (original version): "Und"
6 Hölty (original version and Musenalmanach 1776): "mach, durch einen trüben"
7 Hölty (original version and Musenalmanach 1776): "drück's an ihre"

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

Authorship

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) , "A la lluna", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Tot de maan", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To the moon", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "À la lune", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Alla luna", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Tot de maan

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

Waarom kijk je zo hel en klaar
Door deze appelbomen?
Eens was je vriend gelukkig daar
En droomde zoete dromen.
Verhul nu maar je zilv'ren glans
En glim zoals je glimlacht
Als j' op de vroege dodenkrans
Der jonge bruid soms glimt zacht.
 
Je kijkt vergeefs zo hel en klaar
Door deze rijke blaren;
Nooit zul je meer het blije paar
In 't lommer nog ontwaren.
Een boos, zwart lot sloeg mij terneer
En heeft mijn lief gevangen!
Geen zuchten geven mij haar weer,
Geen tranen van verlangen!
 
O, wandelt zij nog langs eenmaal,
Langs 't graf van deze dichter,
Maak dan heel vlug met 'n fletse straal
Op 't graf de bloemen lichter!
Misschien zet zij zich schreiend neer
Waar rozen treurend hangen,
En plukt zij zich een bloempje teer
En drukt het aan haar wangen.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776), "An den Mond", written 1775, first published 1776 CAT ENG FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gustav Blasser, Conradin Kreutzer, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Juliane Reichardt, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2010-01-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:32
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