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

Weit in nebelgrauer Ferne
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FIN FRE ITA
Weit in nebelgrauer Ferne
Liegt mir das vergang'ne Glück,
Nur an Einem schönen Sterne
[Weilt]1 mit Liebe noch [der]2 Blick,
Aber [wie]3 des Sternes Pracht
Ist es nur [ein]4 Schein der Nacht.

Deckte dir der lange Schlummer,
Dir der Tod die Augen zu,
Dich besäße doch mein Kummer,
Meinem Herzen lebtest du.
Aber ach! du lebst im Licht,
Meiner Liebe lebst du nicht.

Kann der Liebe süß Verlangen,
Emma, kann's [vergänglich]5 seyn?
Was dahin ist und vergangen,
Emma, kann's die Liebe seyn?
[Ihrer Flamme Himmelsglut,
Stirbt sie, wie ein irdisch Gut?]6

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friederich Schiller, Erster Theil, Leipzig, 1800, bey Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, page 300, and with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1798, herausgegeben von Schiller. Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaischen Buchhandlung, pages 115-116.

1 Reinthaler: "Hängt"
2 Krufft: "mein"
3 Reinthaler: "ach"
4 Reinthaler: "wie"
5 Reinthaler: "die Liebe"
6 First edition (Schiller's Musen-Almanach), and Krufft: "Ob der Liebe Lust auch flieht,/ Ihre Pein doch nie verglüht."

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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) , "Aan Emma", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To Emma", copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À Emma", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Ad Emma", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-05-05 12:03:15
Line count: 18
Word count: 91

To Emma
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Far in the misty grey distance
 lies my former luck;
 only on one fair star
 does my glance linger with love.
 But, like the splendor of a star,
 it is only the gleam of the night.
 
 Even when long sleep covered you
 and death closed your eyes,
 my woe still kept you alive,
 and you lived in my heart.
 But alas! you live in light,
 and you live no longer for my love.
 
 Can the sweet yearning of love,
 Emma, can it be ephemeral?
 What is gone and past,
 Emma, can it really be Love?
 Heavenly, glowing flame -
 does it die like an earthly thing?

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:49
Line count: 18
Word count: 107