by Wilhelm Müller (1794 - 1827)
Translation © by Arthur Rishi

Die Nebensonnen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FIN FRE FRI HEB ITA KOR SPA
Drei Sonnen [sah']1 ich am Himmel stehn,
Hab' lang' und fest sie angesehn;
Und sie auch standen da so stier,
Als [könnten]2 sie nicht weg von mir.
Ach, meine Sonnen seid ihr nicht!
Schaut [Andren]3 doch in's Angesicht!
[Ja]4, neulich hatt' ich auch wohl drei:
Nun sind hinab die besten zwei.
Ging' nur die dritt' erst hinterdrein!
Im [Dunkel]5 wird mir wohler sein.

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Confirmed with Gedichte aus den hinterlassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten. Herausgegeben von Wilhelm Müller. Zweites Bändchen. Deßau 1824. Bei Christian Georg Ackermann, page 102; and with Deutsche Blätter für Poesie, Litteratur, Kunst und Theater. Herausgegeben von Karl Schall und Karl von Holtei. Breslau 1823, bei Graß, Barth und Comp. No. XLII. 14. März 1823, page 165.

First published in Deutsche Blätter (see above) as no. 6 of the installment of Die Winterreise. Lieder von Wilhelm Müller.

1 Müller (Deutsche Blätter): "seh'"
2 Schubert: "wollten"
3 Müller (Deutsche Blätter), and Schubert: "Andern"
4 Schubert (autograph and Neue Gesamtausgabe): "Ach"
5 Müller (Deutsche Blätter): "Finstern"; Schubert: "Dunkeln"

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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) , "Els falsos sols", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De bijzonnen", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Arthur Rishi) , "The phantom suns", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (David Paley) , "Parhelion", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Sivuauringot", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La parhélie", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Pieter Wiersma) , "Sabeare Sinnen", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "שמשות נלוות", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Gli altri astri", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , "환일 (환상태양)", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Ofer Sheinberg , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-05-15 11:06:11
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The phantom suns
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I saw three suns in the sky,
I stared at them long and hard;
And they, too, stood staring
As if unwilling to leave me.
Ah, but you are not my suns!
Stare at others in the face, then:
Until recently I, too, had three;
Now the best two are gone.
But let the third one go, too!
In the darkness I will fare better.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-11-22 08:55:08
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