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Die Schatten

Language: German (Deutsch)

Freunde, deren Grüfte sich schon bemoosten!
[Wann]1 der Vollmond über dem Walde dämmert,
Schweben eure Schatten empor vom stillen
Ufer der Lethe.

Seid mir, Unvergeßliche, froh gesegnet!
Du vor Allen, welcher im Buch' der Menschheit
Mir der Hieroglyphen so viel gedeutet,
Redlicher Bonnet!

Längst verschlürft im Strudel der Brandung wäre
Wohl mein Fahrzug oder am Riff zerschmettert, 
Hättet ihr nicht, Genien gleich, im Sturme
Schirmend gewaltet.

Wiedersehn der Liebenden! wo der Heimath
Goldne Sterne leuchten, o du der armen
Psyche, die gebunden im Grabthal schmachtet, 
[Heiligste]2 Sehnsucht!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Matthisson. Fünfte vermehrte Auflage. Zürich, bei Orell, Füssli und Compagnie. 1802, pages 64-65; and with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Zweiter Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, page 103.

First published in Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1799, herausgegeben von Schiller, Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaischen Buchhandlung, page 143 (only stanza 1-3).

1 Matthisson (1811 edition): "Wenn"
2 Schubert: "Himmlische"

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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Les ombres", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De schimmen", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The shadows", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Les ombres", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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De schimmen

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

Vrienden, in je groen reeds bemoste graven!
Als de volle maan boven het woud gaat glanzen,
Zweven jullie schimmen omhoog
Van de1 stille oever der Lethe.
 
'k Geef u, onvergeet'lijken, blij mijn zegen!
Jou vóór allen, die in het boek der mensheid
Zoveel hiëroglyfen mij hebt ontraadseld,
Deugdzame Bonnet!
 
Lang vergaan in 't kolken der branding
Zou wel zijn mijn scheepje,
Of op een rif verpletterd,
Als jullie niet, geesten gelijk,
In de2 storm mij hadden geborgen!
 
Weer te zien, weer te zien de dierbaren!
Waar van thuis de gouden sterren lichten.
O jij, van d' arme Psyche,
Die gebonden in 't doodsdal hunkert,
Hemels verlangen!


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1 Van de: te zingen op de laatste twee kwartnoten in deze maat.
2 In de: te zingen op twee achtste noten

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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2010 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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