by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Music, when soft voices die
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER GER
Music, when soft voices die,	
Vibrates in the memory;
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.

Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heaped for the belovèd's bed;
And so [thy]1 thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.

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1 Bridge: "my"


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 German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by George John Bennett.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Konstantin Dmitrevich Bal'mont (1867 - 1942) ; composed by Feodor Könemann, Boris Lvovich Levinson, Borys Mykolayovych Lyatoshynsky, Vladimir Ivanovich Pol, Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev.
  • Also set in Ukrainian (Українська), a translation by Ivan Matveyevich Steshenko (1873 - 1918) ; composed by Borys Mykolayovych Lyatoshynsky.

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

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Sloky", Prague, J. Otto, first published 1901
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Martin Stock) , "Musik, wenn leise Stimmen ersterben ...", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 46

Musik, deren Klang verebbt
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Musik, deren Klang verebbt, 
in unsern Herzen weiterlebt -
Veilchendüfte, sich verströmend
leben fort, den Sinn betörend.

Rosenblättlein, abgepflückt,
vieltausendfach Dein Lager schmückt.
So soll auf Deinem Denken, Tun,
bist Du einst tot, die Liebe ruhn.

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  • Singable translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2018 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-01-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 36