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

Goldner Schein
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
  Goldner Schein
  Deckt den Hain,
Mild beleuchtet Zauberschimmer
Der umbüschten Waldburg Trümmer.

  Still und hehr
  Stralt das Meer;
Heimwärts gleiten, sanft wie Schwäne,
Fern am Eiland Fischerkähne.

  Silbersand
  Blinkt am Strand;
Röther schweben hier, dort blässer,
Wolkenbilder im Gewässer.

  Rauschend kränzt
  Goldbeglänzt
Wankend Ried des Vorlands Hügel,
Wildumschwärmt vom Seegeflügel.

  Malerisch
  Im Gebüsch
Winkt, mit Gärtchen, Laub' und Quelle,
Die bemooste Klausnerzelle.

  [Pappeln wehn
  Auf den Höhn,
Eichen glühn am Felsenstrome
Dichtverschränkt zum Schattendome.

  Schleierlos
  Tanzt auf Moos
Gnom und Elfe, dort wo Rüstern
Am Druidenaltar flüstern.]1

  Auf der Fluth
  Stirbt die Gluth;
Schon [erblaßt]2 der Abendschimmer
An der hohen Waldburg Trümmer.

  Vollmondschein
  Deckt den Hain;
Geisterlispel wehn im Thale
Um versunkne Heldenmale.

F. Schubert sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Friedrich Matthisson's auserlesene Gedichte, herausgegeben von Joh. Heinr. Füssli, Zürich, bey Orell, Gessner, Füssli und Compagnie, 1791, pages 91-92; and with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, pages 191-193.

1 These two stanzas are missing in the Zürich editions 1792-1815; they are replaced in the Tübingen 1811 and the Zürich 1821/25 editions by
  Pappeln wehn
  Auf den Höhn,
Eichen glühn, zum Schattendome
Dicht verschränkt, am Felsenstrome.

  Nebelgrau
  Webt im Thau
Elfenreigen, dort wo Rüstern
Am Druidenaltar flüstern.

2 Matthisson (Tübingen 1811 and Zürich 1821/25 editions): "verblaßt"

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Licht van goud", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Paysage du soir", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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Last modified: 2019-03-18 12:44:30
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A golden glow
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A golden glow
Covers the grove;
A magical shimmering gently lights up
The ruins of the forest castle, surrounded by bushes.

Quiet and majestically
The sea shines;
They are gliding homewards, soft as swans,
Those fishing boats far away by the island.

Silver sand
Is glistening on the beach;
Redder here, paler there, are floating
Images of clouds in the water.

Rustling as they crowd around,
Glistening gold,
Are the swaying reeds by the hill at the headland,
Surrounded by a host of sea-birds.

Picturesque
In the bushes
With its little garden, foliage and spring, beckons
The hermit's moss-covered cell.











On the flood
The glow dies;
The evening light has already turned pale
On the high ruins of the forest castle.

The light of the full moon
Covers the grove;
Spirit whispers are fluttering about in the valley
Around decayed monuments to heroes.

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Translations of title(s):
"Abendgemälde" = "Evening images"
"Abendlandschaft" = "Evening landscape"
"Gold'ner Schein" = "A golden glow"


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