by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Der Abend
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Senke, strahlender Gott, die Fluren dürsten
Nach erquickendem Tau, der Mensch verschmachtet,
  Matter ziehen die Rosse,
    Senke den Wagen hinab!1

Siehe, wer aus des [Meers]2 krystallner Woge
Lieblich lächelnd dir winkt! Erkennt dein Herz sie?
  Rascher fliegen die Rosse.
    Thetys, die göttliche, winkt.

Schnell vom Wagen herab in ihre Arme
Springt der Führer, den Zaum ergreift Kupido,
  Stille halten die Rosse,
    Trinken die kühlende Flut.

[An]3 dem Himmel herauf mit leisen Schritten
Kommt die duftende Nacht; ihr folgt die süße
  Liebe. Ruhet und liebet!
    Phöbus, der Liebende, ruht.

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1 Krufft adds here: "Strahlender Gott, senk ihn hinab!"
2 In some editions, "Meeres"
3 Brahms: "Auf"


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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De avond", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Evening", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le soir", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2015-07-07 17:13:30
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Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Sink, beaming God; the meadows thirst
for refreshing dew, Man is listless,
  the horses are pulling more slowly:
    the chariot descends.1

Look who beckons from the sea's crystal waves,
smiling warmly! Does your heart know her?
  The horses fly more quickly.
    Thetis, the divine, is beckoning.

Quickly from the chariot and into her arms
springs the driver. Cupid grasps the reins.
  The horses come silently to a halt
    and drink from the cool waters.

In the sky above, with a soft step,
comes the fragrant night; she is followed by sweet
  Love. Rest and love!
    Phoebus, the amorous, rests.

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1 Krufft adds a line that can be translated "Beaming God, descend!"


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