Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Dein süßes Bild, Edone
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Dein süßes Bild, [Edone,]1
Schwebt stets vor meinem Blick;
[Allein]2 ihn trüben Zähren,
Daß du es selbst nicht bist.

Ich seh' es, wenn der Abend
Mir dämmert, wenn der Mond
Mir glänzt, seh' ich's, und weine,
Daß du es selbst nicht bist.

Bey jenes Thales Blumen,
Die ich ihr lesen will,
Bey jenen Myrtenzweigen,
Die ich ihr flechten will,

Beschwör ich dich, Erscheinung,
Auf, und verwandle dich!
Verwandle dich, Erscheinung,
Und [werd' Edone]3 selbst!

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Confirmed with Klopstocks Oden. Erster Band. Leipzig bey Georg Joachim Göschen. 1798, page 311.

1 Zumsteeg: "o Lida!" ; Bach: "O Lyda"
2 Zumsteeg: "Doch ach"
3 Zumsteeg: "werde Lida, Lida" ; Bach: "werde Lyda selbst"

Authorship

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) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Edone", copyright © 2008, (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) (Guy Laffaille) , "Édone", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-02-03 02:47:32
Line count: 16
Word count: 74

Your sweet image, Edone
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Your sweet image, Edone,
Is forever hovering before my eyes;
Yet my vision is clouded by tears
Because it is the image, not you yourself.

I see it when evening
Plunges me into twilight, when the moon
Shines on me, I see it and weep
Because it is the image, not you yourself.

By all of the flowers of the valley
That I would like to pick for her,
By those sprigs of myrtle
That I would like to plait together for her,

I conjure you, oh apparition,
Up and transform yourself!
Transform yourself, apparition,
And turn into Edone herself!

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Dein süßes Bild" = "Your sweet image"
"Lida" = "Lida"
"Edone" = "Edone"


Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2017 by Malcolm Wren, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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Text added to the website: 2017-08-17 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-08-17 17:53:20
Line count: 16
Word count: 100