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Es klingt so prächtig, wenn der Dichter

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es klingt so prächtig, wenn der Dichter
Der Sonne bald dem Kaiser sich vergleicht;
Doch er verbirgt die traurigen Gesichter,
Wenn er in düstern Nächten schleicht.

Von Wolken streifenhaft befangen,
Versank zu Nacht des Himmels reinstes Blau;
Vermagert [bleich]1 sind meine Wangen
Und meine Herzenstränen grau. 

Laß mich nicht so [der]2 Nacht, [dem Schmerze,]3
Du Alllerliebstes, du mein Mondgesicht! 
O du mein Phosphor, meine Kerze,
Du meine Sonne, du mein Licht!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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H. Eisler sets stanza 2 and stanza 3 (lines 1-2)

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1 Eisler: "blaß"
2 Eisler: "in"
3 Eisler: "den Schmerzen"

Submitted by John Versmoren


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English [singable] (Florence T. Jameson) , title 1: "Remembrance"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Écho", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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