by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Ave Maria! Meer und Himmel ruh'n
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
Ave Maria! Meer und Himmel ruh'n,
Von allen Türmen hallt der Glocken Ton, 
Ave Maria! Laßt vom ird'schen Tun,
Zur Jungfrau betet, zu der Jungfrau Sohn,
Des Himmels Scharen selber knieen nun
Mit Lilienstäben vor des Vaters Thron,
Und durch die Rosenwolken wehn die Lieder
Der sel'gen Geister feierlich hernieder.

O heil'ge Andacht, welche jedes Herz
Mit leisen Schauern wunderbar durchdringt!
O [sel'ger]1 Glaube, der sich himmelwärts
Auf des Gebetes weißem Fittig schwingt!
In milde Tränen [löst sich da]2 der Schmerz,
Indes der Freude Jubel sanfter klingt.
[ Ave Maria! Wenn die Glocke tönet,
So lächeln Erd' und Himmel mild versöhnet.]3

C. Schumann sets stanza 1

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1 Franz, R. Schumann: "heil'ger"
2 Raff: "löset sich"
3 R. Schumann: "Ave Maria! Erd' und Himmel scheinen / Bei diesem Laut sich liebend zu vereinen."


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 © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Ave Maria!", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Soir de fête à Venise", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Gianni Franceschi) , "Vespro a Venezia", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 101

Ave Maria!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ave Maria! Sea and heaven are resting,
From every tower echoes the sound of bells,
Ave Maria! Leave off your earthly endeavours,
Pray to the Virgin, to the Virgin's son,
The hosts of Heaven themselves are now kneeling
With staves of lilies before the Father's throne,
And through the rosy clouds the songs
Of the blessed spirits waft solemnly down [toward earth].

Oh holy devotion, which marvelously penetrates
Every heart with a quiet shiver!
Oh holy faith that soars toward heaven
On the white wings of prayer!
There pain dissolves into mild tears,
While the rejoicing of happiness rings out more gently.
Ave Maria! When the bell sounds,
Earth and heaven smile, reconciled.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-06-15
Line count: 16
Word count: 113