by Friedrich von Matthisson (1761 - 1831)
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

An Laura
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Freud' umblühe dich auf allen Wegen,
Schöner als sie je die Unschuld fand,
Seelenruh, des Himmels bester Segen
Walle dir wie Frühlingshauch entgegen,
Bis zum Wiedersehn im Lichtgewand!

Lächelnd wird der Seraph niederschweben,
Der die Palme der Vergeltung trägt,
Aus dem dunkeln Thal zu jenem Leben
Deine [schöne]1 Seele zu erheben,
Wo der Richter unsre Thaten wägt.

[O dann]2 töne Gottes ernste Waage
Wonne dir, von jedem Misklang frei,
Und der Freund an deinem Grabe sage:
Glückliche! der lezte deiner Tage
War ein Sonnenuntergang im Mai!

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1 Beethoven: "edle"
2 Beethoven: "Dann"


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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "To Laura", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À Laura", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2009-01-31
Line count: 15
Word count: 86

To Laura
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Joy blooms around you on all paths,
More beautiful than that which innocence ever found.
Peace of mind, heaven's best blessing,
Flows against you like spring's breath,
Until the reunion in robes of light!

Smiling will the seraph float down
Who the palm of retribution carries,
From the dark valley to that [everlasting] life
Your [beautiful]1 soul to raise,
Where the judge our deeds weighs.

Then ring God's grave scales,
Enjoy yourself, from any note of discord free,
And the friend at your grave says:
Happy [she]! your last days
Were a sunset in May!

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1 Beethoven: "noble"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-10-11
Line count: 15
Word count: 95