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Der Einsame

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wann meine Grillen schwirren,
Bei Nacht, am [spät erwärmten]1 Herd,
Dann sitz' ich, mit vergnügtem Sinn,
Vertraulich zu der Flamme hin,
So [leicht, so]2 unbeschwert.

Ein trautes, stilles Stündchen 
Bleibt man noch gern am Feuer wach.
Man schürt, wann sich die Lohe senkt,
Die Funken auf, und sinnt und denkt:
Nun abermal ein Tag!

Was Liebes oder Leides
Sein Lauf für uns [daher gebracht]3,
Es geht noch einmal durch den Sinn;
Allein das Böse wirft man hin.
Es störe nicht die Nacht.

Zu einem frohen Traume
Bereitet man gemach sich zu.
[Wann sorgelos ein holdes]4 Bild
Mit sanfter Lust die Seele füllt,
Ergiebt man sich der Ruh.

O wie ich mir gefalle
In meiner stillen Ländlichkeit!
Was in dem Schwarm der lauten Welt
Das irre Herz gefesselt hält,
[Giebt nicht Zufriedenheit]5.

Zirpt immer, liebe Heimchen,
In meiner Klause eng und klein.
Ich duld' euch gern: ihr stört mich nicht.
Wann euer Lied das Schweigen bricht,
Bin ich nicht ganz allein.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA

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Confirmed with Blätter von Karl Lappe. Erstes Heft. Lied und Leben. Stralsund, 1824. Gedruckt in der Königl. Regierungs-Buchdruckerei, pages 88-89; with Karl Lappe's sämmtliche poetische Werke. Ausgabe letzter Hand. Erster Theil. Rostock, Verlag von J. M. Oeberg. 1836, pages 65-66; and with Gedichte von Karl Lappe. Düsseldorf, in der Dänzer'schen Buchhandlung. 1801, pages 56-57, with the title Des Klausners Abendlied.

1 Lappe (1801 edition): "späterwärmten"
2 Lappe (1801 edition): "frey und"
3 Lappe (1801 and 1811 editions): "dahergebracht"
4 Lappe (1801 edition): "Und wenn ein angenehmes"
5 Lappe (1801 and 1811 editions): "Ich hab' es nie bereut"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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) , "El solitari", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De eenzame", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The hermit", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le solitaire", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il solitario", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , "La ermita", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The hermit

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

When my crickets sing
at night by my late-burning hearth,
then I sit with pleasure,
cosily by the fire,
so light-hearted and untroubled.

For one dear, quiet little hour
one enjoys remaining alert by the fire:
one stokes it when it sinks to embers,
making sparks fly; and one feels and thinks:
another day has past!

What love or sorrow
has brought to us in the course of the day -
this passes through our mind;
one discards the bad alone,
so that it will not disturb the night.

For pleasant dreams
one prepares oneself,
and when, carefree, a sweet image
fills one's soul with gentle pleasure,
one submits to sleep.

O how I love
my quiet rusticity!
In the tumult of the loud world
the restless heart would be held captive
and never find contentment.

Chirp on and on, dear cricket,
in my narrow and small hermitage.
I tolerate you gladly: you do not disturb me
when your song breaks the silence,
for then I am no longer so entirely alone.

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