by Friedrich von Matthisson (1761 - 1831)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Lied der Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Durch Fichten am Hügel, durch Erlen am Bach,
Folgt immer dein Bildniß, du Traute! mir nach.
Es lächelt bald [Wehmuth]1, es lächelt bald Ruh',
Im freundlichen Schimmer des Mondes, mir zu.

Den Rosengesträuchen des Gartens entwallt
Im Glanze der Frühe die holde Gestalt;
Sie schwebt aus der Berge bepurpurtem Flor
Gleich einsam elysischen Schatten hervor.

Oft hab' ich, im [Traum, als]2 die schönste der Feen,
Auf goldenem Throne dich strahlen gesehn;
Oft hab' ich, zum hohen Olympus entzückt,
Als Hebe dich unter den Göttern erblickt.

Mir hallt aus den Tiefen, mir hallt von den Höh'n,
Dein himmlischer Name wie Sphärengetön.
Ich wähne den Hauch, der die Blüthen umwebt,
Von deiner melodischen Stimme [durchbebt]3.

In heiliger [Mitternachtsstunde]4 durchkreist
Des Äthers Gefilde mein ahnender Geist.
Geliebte! dort winkt uns ein Land, wo der Freund
Auf ewig der Freundin sich wieder vereint.

Die Freude sie schwindet, es dauert kein Leid;
Die Jahre verrauschen im Strome der Zeit;
Die Sonne wird sterben, die Erde vergehn:
Doch Liebe muß ewig und ewig bestehn.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, pages 278-279, and with Friedrich von Matthisson, Gedichte, Fifteenth edition, Zurich: Orell, Füßli & Comp., 1851, pages 219-220.

1 Schubert: "Liebe"
2 Schubert: "Traume,"
3 Zumsteeg: "durchwebt"
4 Matthisson (editions prior to 1811), and Schubert: "Mitternachtstunde"

Authorship

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) , "La cançó de l'amor", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lied der liefde", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Song of love", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant d'amour", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Melanie Trumbull , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-03-15 08:11:30
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Word count: 168

Song of love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Past the spruces on the hill, past the alders by the brook,
your image, beloved, ever follows me.
It smiles now with [wistful nostalgia]1, it smiles now with peace,
in the friendly glow of the moon.

The rosebushes in the garden are ruffled
by the lovely figure in the gleam of early morning;
She floats down from the blossoming, purple mountains,
alone like a heavenly shaddow.

Often, in a dream, like the fairest of fairies
on a golden throne, I have seen you radiant.
Often I have glimpsed you on the heights of Olympus,
delighted as Hebe among the Gods.

From the depths and from the heights to me,
your heavenly name echoes like the music of the spheres.
I fancy the scent of blossoms wafting about,
thrilled by your melodious voice.

In the holy midnight hour, my spirit explores
the ethereal field, full of premonition.
Beloved! yonder beckons a land where a man
is united again eternally with his sweetheart.

Joy vanishes, sorrow does not linger;
the years rush past in the stream of time;
the sun will die and the earth will fade:
but love must exist forever!

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1 Schubert: "love"

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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