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Julius an Theone

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nimmer, nimmer darf ich dir gestehen,
Was beim ersten Drucke deiner Hand,
Süße Zauberin, mein Herz empfand!
Meiner Einsamkeit verborgnes Flehen,
Meine Seufzer wird der Sturm verwehen,
Meine Thränen werden ungesehen
Deinem Bilde rinnen, bis die Gruft
Mich in ihr verschwiegnes Dunkel ruft.

Ach! du schautest mir so unbefangen,
So voll Engelunschuld ins Gesicht,
Wähntest den Triumph der Schönheit nicht!
O Theone! Sahst du nicht den bangen
Blick der [Lieb']1 an deinen Blicken hangen?
Schimmerte die Röthe meiner Wangen
Dir nicht Ahnung der verlornen Ruh
Meines hoffnungslosen Herzens zu?

Daß uns Meere doch geschieden hätten
Nach dem ersten leisen Druck der Hand!
Schaudernd wank' ich nun am [jähen]2 Rand
Eines Abgrunds, wo auf Dornenbetten,
Thränenlos, mit diamantnen Ketten,
Die Verzweiflung lauscht! [Ha!]2 mich zu retten,3 
Holde Feindin meines Friedens, beut 
Mir die Schale der Vergessenheit!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, pages 58-59.

Note: The Tübingen 1811 edition annotates (page 323): "Aus einem unvollendet gebliebenen Romane". The poem was first published 1787 in a slightly different version with the title Theon an Lyda and a motto by Tasso; see below.

1 Schubert: "Liebe"
2 omitted by Schubert.
3 The punctuation used in this line by the Neue Schubertausgabe is apparently misguided:
Die Verzweiflung lauscht, mich zu retten!

Submitted by Melanie Trumbull and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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)

Another version of this text exists in the database.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Juli a Theone", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Julius tot Theone", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Julius [speaks] to Theone", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Julius à Théone", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2018-03-12 09:04:26
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Julius à Théone

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

Jamais, jamais je ne pourrai te confesser
Ce qu'à la première pression de ta main,
Douce enchanteresse, mon cœur a ressenti !
Les implorations cachées de ma solitude,
Mes soupirs seront emportés par la tempête,
Mes larmes couleront sans être vues
Pour ton image, jusqu'à ce que la tombe
M'appelle dans son obscurité secrète.

Hélas ! Tu regardais mon visage si ingénument,
Si pleine d'innocence angélique,
N'imaginant pas le triomphe de ta beauté !
Ô Théone, Ne voyais-tu pas l'anxieux
Regard d'amour suspendu à tes regards ?
Le rouge de mes joues ne te donnait-il pas une lueur
De soupçon sur la paix perdue
De mon cœur sans espoir ?

Qu'un océan nous ait séparés
Après cette douce pression de la main !
En frissonnant, maintenant je chancelle sur le bord
D'un abîme où sur des lits d'épines,
Sans larmes, avec des chaînes de diamants,
Le désespoir écoute ! Pour me sauver,
Belle ennemie de ma paix,
Tends-moi la coupe de l'oubli !


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Text added to the website: 2012-10-26.
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