by Friedrich von Matthisson (1761 - 1831)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Klage
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE
Die Sonne steigt, die Sonne sinkt,
Des Mondes Wechselscheibe blinkt,
Des Aethers Blau durchwebt mit Glanz
Der Sterne goldner Reihentanz:

Doch es durchströmt der Sonne Licht,
Des Mondes lächelndes Gesicht,
Der Sterne Reigen, still und hehr,
Mit Hochgefühl dies Herz nicht mehr!

Die Wiese blüht, der Büsche Grün
Ertönt von Frühlingsmelodien,
Es wallt der Bach im Abendstral
Hinab ins hainumkränzte Thal:

Doch es erhebt der Haine Lied,
Die Au, die tausendfarbig blüht,
Der Erlenbach im Abendlicht
Wie vormals meine Seele nicht!

O Schmerz! wenn unsrer Jugend Freund
Des Abschieds bittre Zähre weint!
So trifft beim frohen Erntemahl
Des Landmanns Dach ein Wetterstral!

F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-4

Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, pages 51-52; and with Gedichte von Friedrich Matthisson. Erster Theil. Neueste, sehr vermehrte und vollständigste Ausgabe. Wien 1815. In Commission bey Cath. Gräffer und Härter, page 44.

Note: Stanzas 1-4 of this poem are part of the much longer poem Die Geliebte published by Matthisson in the 1783 Dessau edition and the 1787 Mannheim edition, where they appear as stanzas 14-17 of the 23 stanzas of that poem. Stanza 5 of Klage has been added by Matthisson only in the 1811 Tübingen edition (the Wien 1815 edition referenced above, which most likely was Schubert's text source, is merely a reprint of the 1811 Tübingen edition).


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Plany", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Klaaglied", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Lament", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Lament", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Plainte", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Word count: 102

Lament
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The sun rises, the sun sets,
The phases of the moon flash.
Interwoven with the ether’s blue luster,
Stars dance in a golden circle:

But neither the sun’s streaming light [nor]
The moon’s smiling face, [nor]
The stars’ dance, silent and majestic,
Can satisfy this heart any longer!

The meadow blooms, singing
Spring melodies to the green bushes,
The brook rushes at sunset
Down into the valley, encircled by woods:

But even though the grove raises its song, [and]
The meadow blooms in a thousand colors, [and]
The brook [shines] in the evening light,
[They cannont] lift my soul as before!




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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-29
Line count: 16
Word count: 101