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Dein Silber schien

Language: German (Deutsch)

Dein Silber schien
Durch Eichengrün,
Das Kühlung gab,
Auf mich herab,
O Mond, und lachte Ruh
Mir frohen Knaben zu.

Wenn [itzt]1 dein Licht
Durchs Fenster bricht,
Lachts keine Ruh
Mir [Jüngling]2 zu,
Siehts meine Wange blaß,
Mein [Auge thränennaß]3.

[Bald]4, lieber Freund,
Ach, [bald]5 bescheint
Dein Silberschein
Den Leichenstein,
Der meine Asche birgt,
[Des Jünglings Asche birgt!]6


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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, page 100; and with Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty's Sämtliche Werke kritisch und chronologisch herausgegeben von Wilhelm Michael, Erster Band, Weimar, Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen, 1914, page 128.

Note: Hölty's poem, initially with the title "An den Mond", was published by Johann Heinrich Voß in a revised version, with the title "Klage".

1 Mendelssohn-Hensel: "jetzt"
2 Schubert (second version only): "Knaben"
3 Hölty (original version): "Aug von Thränen naß"
4 Hölty (original version): "Wann"
5 Hölty (original version): "wann"
6 Hölty (original version): "Wenn Minneharm mich würgt?"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] 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) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Plany a la lluna", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Your silver shone through green oaks", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Your silver shone through green oaks

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Your silver shone
through green oaks,
bestowing a coolness
down on me,
O moon, and you smiled peace
on a happy boy.

When now your light
breaks through the window,
you smile no peace
down on this young man;
see my pale cheeks,
my eyes moist with tears.

Soon, dear friend,
ah, soon will shine
your silver light
on the tomb
that holds my ashes,
that holds this young man's ashes!


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776), title 1: "An den Mond", title 2: "Klage", written 1773 CAT CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Blasser, Moritz, Graf von Dietrichstein, Rubin Goldmark, Jan Bedřich Kittl, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Franz Xaver Mozart, Sigismund von Neukomm, Franz Peter Schubert, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg. Go to the text.

 

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

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