by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805)
Translation © by Amelia Maria Imbarrato

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


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Ad Emma
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Là lontano, nel grigiore delle nebbie,
giace la mia passata felicità,
solo ad una bella stella
si volge ancora con amore lo sguardo.
Ma, come lo splendore della stella,
è solo una luce della notte.

Ti ha coperto il lungo sonno,
ti ha chiuso gli occhi la morte,
almeno ti godesse il mio dolore,
al mio cuore vivresti tu.
Ma, ahimé! Tu vivi nella luce,
al mio amore non vivi più.

Può il dolce desiderio dell'amore,
Emma, può finire?
Ciò che svanisce e passa,
Emma, può essere l'amore?
L'ardore divino della sua fiamma,
muore forse come cosa terrena?

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Text added to the website: 2005-11-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:15
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Word count: 98