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An eine Quelle

Language: German (Deutsch)

Du kleine grünumwachsne Quelle,
  An der ich Daphne jüngst gesehn!
Dein Wasser war so still! [so]1 helle!
  Und Daphne's Bild darin, so schön!
O, wenn sie sich noch mahl am Ufer sehen läßt,
So halte du ihr schönes Bild doch fest;
Ich schleiche heimlich [denn]2 mit naßen Augen hin,
  Dem [Bilde]3 meine Noth zu klagen;
Denn, wenn ich bey ihr selber bin,
[Denn]2, ach! [denn]2 kann ich ihr nichts sagen.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with ASMUS omnia sua SECUM portans, oder Sämmtliche Werke des Wandsbecker Bothen, I. und II. Theil. Beym Verfasser, und in Commißion bey Fr. Perthes in Hamburg. [1774], page 154; with ASMUS omnia sua SECUM portans, oder Sämmtliche Werke des Wandsbecker Bothen, Erster und zweiter Theil. Wandsbeck, 1774. Beym Verfasser, page 93; and with ASMVS omnia sua SECVM portans, oder Sämmtliche Werke des Wandsbecker Bothen, I. und II. Theil. Carlsruhe, bey Christian Gottlieb Schmieder. 1784, page 154.

First published in 1764 in a slightly different version in Tändeleyen und Erzählungen, see below.

1 Schubert: "und"
2 Claudius (Wandsbeck 1774 edition), and Kraus, Schubert: "dann"
3 Claudius (Carlsruhe, 1784 edition), and Kraus, Schubert: "Bild"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor] and Peter Rastl [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)

Another version of this text exists in the database.

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "A una font", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Tot een bron", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To a spring", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À une source", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "A una fonte", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-03-15 21:08:55

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Word count: 70

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A una fonte

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

Piccola fonte, tutta circondata di verde
dove da poco ho sorpreso Dafne!
Limpide e calme sono le tue acque,
e così bello il riflesso di Dafne!
Se lei apparisse di nuovo sulle tue sponde,
trattieni a lungo il riflesso di lei;
mi avvicinerò in segreto con le lacrime agli occhi,
per lamentare il mio dolore sulla sua immagine.
Perché se dovessi trovarmi al suo fianco,
non mi riuscirebbe di dire una sola parola.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Matthias Claudius (1740 - 1815), "An eine Quelle", written 1760, first published 1764 CAT DUT ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Joseph Martin Kraus, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-08-13 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:01

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