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Im stillen Klostergarten

Language: German (Deutsch)

Im stillen Klostergarten 
Eine bleiche Jungfrau ging.
Der Mond beschien sie trübe,
An ihrer Wimper hing 
Die Träne zarter Liebe.

"O wohl mir, daß gestorben 
Der treue Buhle mein!
Ich darf ihn wieder lieben:
Er wird ein Engel sein, 
Und Engel darf ich lieben."

Sie trat mit zagem Schritte 
Wohl zum [Mariabild]1;
Es stand im lichten Scheine,
Es sah so muttermild
Herunter auf die Reine.

Sie sank zu seinen Füßen, 
Sah auf mit Himmelsruh',
Bis ihre Augenlider 
Im Tode fielen zu:
Ihr Schleier wallte nieder.

Translation(s): DUT DUT ENG FRE

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1 Some editions use "Marienbild"; Brahms's score uses this spelling.

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Corien Sleeswijk) , "De non", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kelly Dean Hansen) , "The nun", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La nonne", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2015-08-16 11:17:58
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Word count: 85

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La nonne

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

Une pâle vierge marchait en silence dans le jardin du couvent.
La lumière indécise de la lune l'éclairait,
À ses cils étaient suspendues
Les larmes d'un tendre amour.

« Ô je suis contente que mon fidèle amant soit mort !
J'ai à nouveau le droit de l'aimer :
Il sera un ange,
Et j'ai le droit d'aimer les anges. »

D'un pas hésitant elle se dirigea vers l'image de Marie ;
Elle baignait dans un jour lumineux,
Elle abaissa un regard  tendrement maternel
Sur la pure jeune fille.

Celle-ci  tomba à ses pieds, regarda vers le ciel avec calme,
Jusqu'à ce que ses paupières
Dans la mort se ferment :
Alors son voile flotta vers le sol.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862), "Die Nonne", written 1805, appears in Balladen und Romanzen DUT DUT ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Natanael Berg, L. Bosse, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Dakon, Heinrich Esser, Julius Otto Grimm, J. Jacques Haakman, Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg, Julius Kniese, Conradin Kreutzer, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (misattributed), Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Franz Otto, Joachim Raff, Anton Rückauf, Sigismund Thalberg, Nicolai von Wilm, Max Zenger. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-11-08.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:07
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Word count: 117