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by Friedrich von Matthisson (1761 - 1831)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Am Seegestad', in lauen Vollmondnächten
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Am Seegestad', in lauen Vollmondnächten,
Denk' ich nur dich!
Zu deines Namens goldnem Zug verflechten
Die Sterne sich.

Die Wildniß glänzt in ungewohnter Helle,
Von dir erfüllt;
Auf jedes Blatt, in jede Schattenquelle
Malt sich dein Bild.

Gern weil' ich, Grazie, wo du den Hügel
Leicht, wie ein Rosenblatt auf Zephyrs Flügel

Am [Hüttchen]1 dort bekränzt' ich dir, umflossen
Von Abendgluth,
Mit Immergrün und jungen Blüthensprossen
Den Halmenhut.

Bei jedem [Lichtwurm in den]2 Felsenstücken,
Als ob die Feen
Da Tänze webten, riefst du voll Entzücken:
Wie schön! wie schön!

Wohin ich blick' und geh', erblick' ich immer
Den Wiesenplan,
Wo wir der Berge Schnee mit Purpurschimmer
Beleuchtet sahn.

Ihr schmelzend Mailied weinte Philomele
Im Uferhain;
Da fleht' ich dir, im Blick die ganze Seele:
Gedenke mein!

F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-4, 6-7 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, pages 266-267.

First published in Musen-Almanach für 1793, herausgegeben von Joh. Heinr. Voß, Hamburg, bey C.E.Bohn, pages 184-185. This first edition has an additional (third) stanza which was left out in later editions:

Gern wandl' ich, wo des Erlenbaches Krümme
Durch Blumen wallt,
Indeß der holde Nachklang deiner Stimme
Ins Herz mir hallt.

1 Matthisson (Musenalmanach): "Hügel"
2 Matthisson (Musenalmanach): "Feuerwurm in"


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) , "Herinneringen", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , no title, copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Souvenirs", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Ulrich Eisenlohr , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 28
Word count: 128

On the seashore, on mild nights lit by...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
On the seashore, on mild nights lit by the full moon,
I think only of you!
The golden tension of your name becomes intertwined
With the stars.

The wilderness glows with an unusual brightness, 
Filled with you.
On every leaf, in every shady spring,
Your picture is being painted.

I happily wait, gracious one, by the hillside
As you float down,
Light, like a rose petal on zephyr's wings 
That is shaking as it passes.

Over there at the little hut I put a garland on you, bathed
In evening light.
With evergreen and young flower buds
The garland is on your straw hat.

Whenever you saw a glow-worm in the cracks in the rocks,
As if the fairies
Were weaving dances there, you cried out, full of delight, 
"How beautiful, how beautiful!"

Wherever I look or travel, I always see before me
The plain of meadows
Where we saw the snow on the mountains shimmering purple
As it was lit up.

Philomel cried her melting May song
In the grove by the shore;
That is where I begged you, with all my soul in the look I gave you, 
"Remember me!"

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "Erinnerungen" = "Memories"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Malcolm Wren, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-09-11
Line count: 28
Word count: 192