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

Der Abend
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA
Purpur malt die Tannenhügel
Nach der Sonne Scheideblick,
Lieblich stralt des Baches Spiegel
Hespers [Fackelglanz]1 zurück.

Wie in Todtenhallen düster
Wirds im Pappelweidenhain,
Unter leisem Blattgeflüster
Schlummern alle Vögel ein.

Nur dein Abendlied, o Grille!
Tönt noch, aus bethautem Grün,
Durch der Dämmrung [Zauberhülle]2
Süße Trauermelodien.

Tönst du einst im Abendhauche,
Grillchen, auf mein frühes Grab,
Aus der Freundschaft Rosenstrauche
Deinen Klaggesang herab:

Wird [mein Geist noch stets]3 dir lauschen,
Horchend wie er jetzt dir lauscht,
Durch des Hügels [Blumen rauschen]4,
Wie dies Sommerlüftchen rauscht!

E. Zumsteeg sets stanzas 1, 4-5

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, pages 29-30, and with Gedichte von Matthisson. Fünfte vermehrte Auflage. Zürich, bei Orell, Füssli und Compagnie. 1802, pages 213-214.

The first edition (Dessau, 1783) has the correct creation date (1780) and an additional (fourth) stanza which was left out in later editions:

Singt das bange Herz in Schlummer,
Hemmt der Zähren wilden Lauf,
Lös't der Liebe tiefsten Kummer
Selbst in stille Wehmuth auf!

1 Matthisson (1791 and 1792 editions), and Rust: "zitternd Bild"
2 Matthisson (1783 edition): "Rosenhülle"
3 Matthisson (editions prior to 1811), and Rust, Schubert, Zumsteeg: "noch stets mein Geist"
4 Schubert: "Blumenrauschen"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Robert Lucas Pearsall.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El capvespre", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De avond", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The evening", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "The evening", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le soir", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , "La sera", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The evening
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Purple paints the pine-covered hill
After the departing glance of the sun;
Lovingly the mirror of the brook
Reflects Hesperus' bright torch.

It is becoming as gloomy as burial vaults
In the groves of poplars;
Under the gently whispering leaves
All the birds fall asleep.

Only your serenade, cricket,
Can still be heard out of the dewy green;
Through the magical cover of dusk
Resound sweet mournful melodies.

If ever you sing in the evening breath,
Cricket, over my early grave,
Out of the rosebush planted by friends
Raising your lament,

My spirit will always listen to you,
Paying attention to you as now
Rustling through flowers on the grave
Like the rustling of this summer breeze.

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Text added to the website: 2016-09-11 00:00:00
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