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Sanft wehn, im Hauch der Abendluft

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sanft wehn, im Hauch der Abendluft,
Die Frühlingshalm' auf deiner Gruft,
  Wo Sehnsuchtsthränen fallen.
Nie soll, bis uns der Tod befreit,
Die Wolke der Vergessenheit
  Dein holdes Bild umwallen.

Wohl dir, obgleich entknospet kaum,
Von Erdenlust und Sinnentraum,
  Von [Schmerz und Wahn]1 geschieden!
Du schläfst in Ruh'; wir wanken irr
Und unstätbang' im Weltgewirr
  Und haben selten Frieden.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Friedrich Matthisson's Gedichte, Dritte vermehrte Auflage, Zürich, 1794, bey Orell, Gessner, Füssli & Comp., page 128; with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, page 248; and with Musen-Almanach für 1794, herausgegeben von Joh. Heinr. Voß, Hamburg, bey C.E.Bohn, page 43.

1 Mendelssohn: "Schmerz, von Wahn"

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Grafkrans voor een kind", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Couronne mortuaire pour un enfant", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Couronne mortuaire pour un enfant

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

Dans la brise de l'air du soir, doucement souffle
L'herbe du printemps sur ta tombe,
Où des larmes de nostalgie tombent.
Jamais, jusqu'à ce que la mort nous libère,
Les nuées de l'oubli
N'entoureront ta douce image.

Sois heureux, bien qu'à peine éclos,
Du plaisir terrestre et des rêves des sens,
Du chagrin et de l'illusion tu as été séparé !
Tu dors en paix ; nous trébuchons,
Confus et troublés dans le chaos du monde,
Et nous connaissons rarement la paix.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich von Matthisson (1761 - 1831), "Todtenkranz für ein Kind", written 1792-93 CAT DUT ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ludwig Abeille, Anton Eberhardt, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Gustav Reichardt, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-10-02.
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