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Siehst du den Stern im fernsten Blau

Language: German (Deutsch)

Siehst du den Stern im fernsten Blau,
Der [zitternd]1 fast erbleicht?
Sein Licht braucht eine Ewigkeit,
Bis es dein Aug' erreicht!

Vielleicht vor tausend Jahren schon
Zu Asche stob der Stern,
Und doch [sehn seinen lieblichen]2 Schein
[Wir dort noch]3 still und fern.

Dem Wesen solchen Scheines gleicht,
Der ist und doch nicht ist,
O Lieb', dein anmutvolles Sein,
Wenn du gestorben bist!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Sämtliche Werke von Gottfried Keller: Romane + Erzählungen + Gedichte + Essays + Tagebücher + Briefe, Musaica Books, 2017.

1 Hausegger, Schoeck: "flimmernd"; Sinding: "schimmernd"
2 Hausegger, Schoeck, Sinding: "steht dort sein milder"
3 Hausegger, Schoeck, Sinding: "noch immer"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Caroline Diehl


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 (John Glenn Paton) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Vois-tu l'étoile", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-09-26 20:34:23
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Vois‑tu l'étoile

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

Vois-tu l'étoile au plus loin de l'azur
dans son pâlissant scintillement ?
Sa lumière a pour elle l'éternité,
jusqu'à ce qu'elle atteigne tes yeux !

Peut-être depuis un millier d'années
a-t-elle été réduite en cendres, cette étoile ;
mais son doux éclat parvient encore
dans l'éternel silence des lointains.

Ces clartés sont comme ce qui vit,
qui est puis n'est plus.
O amour, ta délicieuse persistance
quand tu es mort !

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Text added to the website: 2012-09-15.
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