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Nimm einen Strahl der Sonne

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nimm einen Strahl der Sonne,
Vom Abendstern das Licht,
Die Feuerglut des Aetna,
Die aus der Lava bricht:

[Du hast, was mich erwärmet
Was mich erhebt und verklärt,]1
Und was mein inn'res Leben
Bis in den Tod verzehrt!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with K. Herloßsohn's Gesammelte Schriften. Erste Gesammtausgabe. Band XI. Buch der Lieder, Prag: Verlag von J. L. Kober, 1868, page 203.

1 Liszt: "Du hast, was mich erhellt / Und mich erwärmt und mich verklärt, -"

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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):

  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , "Take of the sun its radiance", first published 1911
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-05-18 13:02:08
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Prends un rayon du soleil

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

Prends un rayon du soleil,
La lumière d'une étoile du soir,
Le brasier de l'Etna,
Qui est brisé par la lave --

Tu as ce qui me réchauffe
Et m'éclaire et me transfigure, --
Et ce qui dévore mon âme
Jusqu'à la mort.

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Translation of title "Ihr Auge" = "Ses yeux"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2012 by Guy Laffaille, (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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Text added to the website: 2012-07-03.
Last modified: 2018-05-18 13:03:02
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