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Lehnst du deine bleichgehärmte Wange

Language: German (Deutsch)

Lehnst du deine bleichgehärmte Wange
Immer noch an diesen Aschenkrug?
Weinend um den Todten, den schon lange
Zu der Seraphim Triumphgesange
Der Vollendung Flügel trug?

Siehst du Gottes Sternenschrift dort flimmern,
Die der bangen Schwermuth Trost verheißt?
Heller wird der Glaube [nun dir]1 schimmern,
Daß hoch über seiner Hülle Trümmern
Walle des Geliebten Geist!

Wohl, o wohl dem liebenden Gefährten
Deiner Sehnsucht, er ist ewig dein!
Wiedersehn, im Lande der Verklärten,
Wirst du, Dulderin, den Langentbehrten,
Und wie er unsterblich seyn!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, page 90, and with Friedrich von Matthisson, Gedichte, fifteenth edition, Zurich: Orell, Fuessli & Co., 1851, page 63.

First published in Musen-Almanach für 1786, herausgegeben von Voß und Goeking, Hamburg, bey Carl Ernst Bohn, pages 24-25, with the title "Die Unsterblichkeit", subtitle "An Elisa". This first edition has an additional (third) stanza which was left out in later editions.

1 Schubert: "dir nun"

Submitted by Melanie Trumbull 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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Troost voor Elisa", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Comfort for Elisa", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Réconfort pour Élise", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Réconfort pour Élise

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

Penches-tu toujours tes joues pâles
Sur cette urne de cendres,
Pleurant sur le mort qui, il y a longtemps déjà,
Vers les chants de triomphe des Séraphins
A été emporté sur les ailes du destin ?

Vois-tu dans les étoiles scintillantes l'écrit de Dieu
Qui promet le réconfort au chagrin anxieux ?
Plus clair brillera ta foi maintenant
Qu'au-dessus du reste de son enveloppe
L'esprit de ton bien-aimé erre !

salut, salut au compagnon aimant
De ton désir, il est pour toujours à toi !
Tu reverras, dans le pays de la transfiguration,
Tu reverras, femme qui souffre, celui qui t'a manqué longtemps
Et comme lui tu seras immortelle !

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  • 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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