by Josef Ludwig Stoll (1778 - 1815)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Labetrank der Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Wenn im Spiele leiser Töne
Meine kranke Seele schwebt,
Und der Wehmuth süße Thräne
Deinem warmen Blick [entbebt]1:

Sink' ich dir bey sanftem Wallen
Deines Busens sprachlos hin;
Engelmelodien schallen,
Und der Erde [Schatten]2 fliehn!

So in Eden hingesunken,
Lieb' mit Liebe umgetauscht,
Küsse lispelnd, Wonnetrunken,
Wie von Seraphim umrauscht:

Reichst du mir im Engelbilde
Liebewarmen Labetrank,
Wenn im schnöden Staubgefilde
Schmachtend meine Seele sank.

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Confirmed with Selam. Ein Almanach für Freunde des Mannigfaltigen. Herausgegeben von I.F.Castelli. Dritter Jahrgang 1814. Wien, gedruckt und im Verlage bey Anton Strauß, page 204.

1 Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "entschwebt"
2 Stoll (Selam, apparently a misprint): "Schallen"

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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 beuratge reconfortant de l’amor", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De lavende drank der liefde", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Refreshing drink of Love", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Potion réconfortante d'amour", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 65

Refreshing drink of Love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When, upon the playing of soft tones,
My sick soul [begins to] float,
And the sweet tears of melancholy
Evaporate under your warm glance:

I sink onto the gentle heaving
Of your bosom, speechless;
Angelic melodies sound,
And earth’s shadows flee.

In this way, sunk down in Eden,
Love exchanged for love,
Kisses whispered, drunk with delight,
As if surrounded by seraphim:

You serve me, with the face of an angel,
A refreshing drink warmed by love,
Just as, into the vile dust of the fields,
My soul was about to sink.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-05-17
Line count: 16
Word count: 92