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In ein altes Stammbuch

Language: German (Deutsch)

Immer wieder kehrst du Melancholie,
O Sanftmut der einsamen Seele.
Zu Ende glüht ein goldener Tag.

Demutsvoll beugt sich dem Schmerz der Geduldige
Tönend von Wohllaut und weichem Wahnsinn.
Siehe! es dämmert schon.

Wieder kehrt die Nacht und klagt ein Sterbliches
Und es leidet ein anderes mit.

Schaudern unter herbstlichen Sternen
Neigt sich jährlich tiefer das Haupt.

Translation(s): FRE ITA

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Dans un vieil album de famille", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "In un vecchio album di famiglia", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:52
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In un vecchio album di famiglia

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Sempre mi torni accanto, tu, melanconia
mite compagna di un'anima che è sola.
Mentre l'oro del giorno arde e si consuma.

Con umile pazienza si china al dolore il sofferente
e intona un canto armonioso e di leggera follia.
Osserva! Come già la luce vola via.

Scende ancora la notte, e geme un mortale
mentre un altro condivide la sua pena.

Rabbrividendo sotto un cielo autunnale
Sempre di più, ogni anno, il capo si china.

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Text added to the website: 2012-02-05.
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