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Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn's im Thal zu Abend läutet
Und es kommt die Dämmerzeit,
Wo durchs Feld ein Wandrer schreitet:
Süße Frau, dann sei bereit!

Denn zu dir kommt [der]1 gegangen,
Der in dir nur schafft und ruht;
Wanderglut deckt seine Wangen
Und sein Herz füllt Minneglut!

Aber du sollst inne werden,
Wie dies Herz an dir erblüht --
Sonnwendnacht webt um die Erden
Und des Wandrers Auge glüht.

Die verschwiegnen Sterne leuchten
Und sein Haar bedeckt der Thau;
Und in Wonne wird sich feuchten
Deine Wange -- süße Frau!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Thuille: "er"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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 (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Message", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Message", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-03-06.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:30
Line count: 16
Word count: 85

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

When the evening bells toll in the valley
And the time of twilight comes,
When through the fields a wanderer strides:
Sweet woman, then be ready!

For walking toward you comes
He who only labours and rests in you;
The glow of wandering bedecks his cheeks
And his heart is full of the ardour of love!

But you shall become aware
How this heart blossoms because of you --
The solstice weaves about the world
And the wanderer's eyes glow.

The discreet stars shine
And his hair is covered in dew;
And with bliss your cheek
Shall become bedewed - sweet woman!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Karl Stieler (1842 - 1885), "Botschaft", appears in Wanderzeit. Ein Liederbuch, in 1. Auszug, Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp., p. 3, first published 1882 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Albert Fuchs, Emil Hess, Ludwig Rochlitzer, Max von Schillings, Max Stange, Fritz Stubenvoll, Ludwig Wilhelm Andreas Maria Thuille. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-05-28.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:56
Line count: 16
Word count: 101