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Abendstille öffnet Thüren
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
   Abendstille öffnet Thüren,
Lieb' der Liebe zuzuführen,
[Nimmer, nimmer,]1
Lockt der Schimmer
Mich den Armen,
Zu dem warmen
Hauche ewig ferner Lust,
[Stillt das Pochen meiner]2 Brust.
Sterne ziehen,
Lieder fliehen,
Und ich weine
[Hier]3 alleine,
[Bis des Thaues stille Thränen
Mit mir fühlen tiefes Sehnen,]4
Kalte Winde
Durch die Linde
Sausend lauschen,
Seufzer tauschen!
Wunderlieb' und süße Träume,
Ohne euch wär' ich alleine!
Mir entfliehen,
Zu dir ziehen
Die Gedanken,
Wie die Ranken
Deine Hütte fest umziehen,
Grüner Hoffnung nie erblühen,
Könnt' ich steigen,
Mit den Zweigen,
Zu der Liebe,
Wie die Diebe! --

B. Arnim sets line 1-14

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Confirmed with Ariel's Offenbarungen. Roman., herausgegeben von L. A. von Arnim, Erstes Buch, Göttingen: Bey Heinrich Dieterich, 1804, page 85

1 Bettina von Arnim: "Immer immer"
2 Bettina von Arnim: "zu dem Lied aus Liebchens"
3 Bettina von Arnim: "Ach"
4 Bettina von Arnim: " wenn der kalte Tränentau / düftet von erhellter Au."


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Line count: 30
Word count: 95

Evening stillness opens doors
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
   Evening stillness opens doors
To lead love to love,
[Never, never,]1
When the shimmer tempts
Me, the poor wretch,
To the warm
Breath of eternally distant joy,
[Never stills the throbbing of my breast.]2
Stars move in their courses,
Songs flee,
And I weep
[Here]3 alone,
[Until the silent tears of the dew
Feel deep yearning along with me,]4
Cold winds
Through the linden trees
Hearken in their roaring,
[And] exchange sighs!
Wondrous love and sweet dreams,
Without you I would be alone!
My thoughts
Fly from me
To travel to you,
Like the vines
Tightly grow about your hut,
Never to bloom with green hopes,
If I could climb
With the branches
To love
Like thieves do! --

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Translation of title "Abendstille" = "Evening stillness"

1 Bettina von Arnim: "Ever ever"
2 Bettina von Arnim: "To the song of my beloved's breast."
3 Bettina von Arnim: "Ah"
4 Bettina von Arnim: "When the cold dew of tears / Rises scented from the brightened meadow."


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This text was added to the website: 2016-07-29
Line count: 30
Word count: 119