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Rosa, denkst du an mich? Innig gedenk'...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Rosa, denkst du an mich? Innig gedenk' ich dein.
Durch den grünlichen Wald schimmert das Abendroth,
[Und die Wipfel]1 der Tannen
[Regt]2 das Säuseln des Ewigen.

Rosa, [wärst]3 du hier, säh' ich ins Abendroth
Deine Wangen getaucht, säh' ich vom Abendhauch
Deine Locken geringelt -
Edle Seele, mir wäre wohl!4

Lieber lehn' ich an dir, als an der Einsamkeit
Trautem Busen. Mir klingt süßer der Flötenton
Deiner klagenden Stimme,
Als das Säuseln im Tannenhayn.

Oft umfingest du mich, meine Holdselige,
Mit vertraulichem Arm, wenn ich an deiner Brust
Melancholischen Frieden,
Schwärmens müde, mich rettete.

Jedes leisere Weh, jedes verschwiegne Ach,
Das den Busen mir preßt, haucht' ich dir öfter aus,
Schöpfte freyeren Odem,
Klomm' heroischer felsenan.

Nie soll darum ein Freund meiner holdseligen
Rosa mangeln, und nie Milderung ihrem Gram!
Nie sey trostlos ihr Leiden,
Ihre Urne nie blumenleer!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with L.T.Kosegarten's Poesieen, Neueste Auflage, Zweyter Band, Berlin 1803, pages 86-87; and with Gedichte von Ludwig Theobul Kosegarten. Zweiter Band. Leipzig, bei Ernst Martin Gräff. 1788, pages 238-239.

Note: In his early editions Kosegarten included only two (independent) poems titled An Rosa, without a subtitle, and they did not yet constitute a part of his later cycle of the four poems An Rosa.

1 Kosegarten (1788 edition): "Auf den Wipfeln"
2 Kosegarten (1788 edition): "Rinnt"
3 Kosegarten (1798 edition), and Schubert: "wärest"
4 Kosegarten (1788 edition) has a slightly different second stanza:
Rosa, wärst du bei mir, säh ich das Abendroth
Deine Wange beglühn, sähe den Abendhauch
Deine Lokken durchrieseln -
Edle Seele, so wär mir wol!

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan Rosa II", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To Rosa", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À Rosa", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "A Rosa II", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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À Rosa

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

Rosa, penses-tu à moi ? Je pense à toi ardemment !
À travers le bois vert le coucher du soleil scintille
Et les cimes des sapins
Remuent le murmure de l'éternité.

Rosa, si tu étais ici, je regarderais le coucher du soleil
Illuminer tes joues, je regarderais la brise du soir
Ébouriffer tes boucles.
Noble âme, je me sentirais bien !

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