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Die Sterne

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie blitzen
Die Sterne
So hell durch die Nacht!
Bin oft schon
Vom Schlummer erwacht.
Doch schelt' ich
Die lichten
Gebilde d'rum nicht,
Sie üben
Im Stillen
Manch heilsame Pflicht.
Sie wallen
Hoch oben
In Engelgestalt,
[Und]1 leuchten
Dem Pilger
Durch Heiden und Wald.
Sie schweben
Als Bothen
Der Liebe umher,
Und tragen
Oft Küsse
Weit über das Meer.
Sie blicken
Dem Dulder 
Recht mild in's Gesicht,
Und säumen
Die Thränen
Mit silbernem Licht.
[Sie]2 weisen
Von Gräbern
Gar tröstlich und hold
Uns hinter
Das Blaue
Mit Fingern von Gold.
So sey denn
Du strahlige Schar!
Und leuchte
Mir lange
Noch freundlich und klar.
Und wenn ich
Einst liebe,
Seyd hold dem Verein,
Und euer
Laßt Segen uns seyn.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Carl Gottfried Ritter von Leitner. Wien, gedruckt bey J. P. Sollinger. 1825, pages 19-21; and with Gedichte von Karl Gottfried Ritter v. Leitner. Zweite sehr vermehrte Auflage. Hannover. Victor Lohse. 1857, pages 28-29.

1 Schubert: "Sie"
2 Schubert: "Und"

Submitted by David Gordon and Rudi Spring 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) , "Les estrelles", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De sterren", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Gordon) , "The stars", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Les étoiles", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Le stelle", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-10-04 04:29:26

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Word count: 122

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The stars

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

How the stars 
glitter so brightly 
through the night!
I've often been awakened 
by them 
from slumber.

But I do not scold 
the shining ones 
for that,
For secretly 
they perform 
many a benevolent task.

They wander 
high above 
in the form of angels,
They light 
the pilgrim's way 
through meadow and forest.

They hover 
like heralds 
of love,
And often bear 
far away across the sea.

They gaze 
into the face of the sufferer,
And wipe 
his tears 
with silver light;

And direct us 
away from the grave, 
comfortingly and gently,
the blue sky 
with golden fingers.

Now shall you 
be blessed, 
thou radiant throng!
And long shine 
upon me 
with your clear, pleasing light!

And should I 
one day fall in love, 
smile upon the bond,
And let 
your twinkling 
bless us in return.

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