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Mond, meiner Seele Liebling

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mond, meiner Seele Liebling,
Wie [siehst]1 du heut' so blass?
Ist eines deiner Kinder,
O Mond, vielleicht unpass?

Kam dein Gemahl, die Sonne,
Vielleicht dir krank nach Haus?
Und du trittst aus der Wohnung,
Weinst deinen Schmerz hier aus?

Ach! guter Mond, ein gleiches
Geschick befiel auch mich.
Drin liegt mir krank die Mutter,
Hat mich nur jetzt um sich!

So eben schloss ihr Schlummer
Das Aug' ein Weilchen zu;
Da wich, mein Herz zu stärken,
Vom Ort ich ihrer Ruh.

Trost sei mir, Mond, dein Anblick,
Ich leide nicht allein:
Du bist der Welt Mitherrscher,
Und kannst nicht stets dich freun!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE FRE

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Note: at the top of the Schumann score is the following text: "Die Dichterin, den 17. Juli 1808 in St. Petersburg geboren, verlor frühzeitig ihren Vater und von sieben Briidern sechs, die Letzteren in den Schlachten der Jahre 1812-14. Es blieb ihr nur die Mutter, die sie mit zärtlicher Liebe bis an ihr Ende verehrte. Aus den zahlreichen Gedichten an sie, ist das folgende ausgewählt."
1 Schumann: "schaust"

Submitted by Ted Perry


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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Maan, jij, mijn zielsbeminde", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Lune, amour de mon âme", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Moon, beloved of my soul

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Moon, beloved of my soul,
Why are you so pale today?
Is one of your children,
Oh moon, perhaps under the weather?
Did your spouse, the sun,
Perhaps come home to you unwell?
And you have stepped out of your abode
And are weeping out your sorrow here?
Ah, good moon, the same fate
Has befallen me, too.
Indoors my mother lies ill,
I am the only child she has left!
Sleep has only just closed
Her eyes for a little while;
I crept away from where she was resting,
To gather strength for my heart.
May the sight of you, moon, be a comfort to me;
I do not suffer alone:
You are the co-regent of the world,
And you too cannot always be happy!

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Translation of the text at the top of the score: "The poetess, born in St. Petersburg on the 5th of July 1808, lost her father and six of her seven brothers early in her life. The latter died in the battles of 1812-14. Only her mother remained, whom she honoured with tender love until her death. From the many poems written to her mother, the following has been selected."


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