Translation © by Emily Ezust (b. 1972)

Liebe ist ein süßes Licht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT FRE ITA SPA
Männliche Stimme.
  Liebe ist ein süßes Licht.
  Wie die Erde strebt zur Sonne,
  Und zu jenen hellen Sternen
  In den weiten blauen Fernen,
  Strebt das Herz nach Liebeswonne:
  Denn sie ist ein süßes Licht.

Weibliche Stimme.
  Sieh! wie hoch in stiller Feyer
  Droben helle Sterne funkeln:
  Von der Erde fliehn die dunkeln
  Schwermuthsvollen trüben Schleyer.
  Wehe mir! [doch]1 wie so trübe
  Fühl ich tief mich im Gemüthe,
  Das in Freuden sonst erblühte,
  Nun vereinsamt, ohne Liebe.

Beyde Stimmen.
  Liebe ist ein süßes Licht.
  Wie die Erde strebt zur Sonne,
  Und zu jenen hellen Sternen
  In den weiten blauen Fernen,
  Strebt das Herz nach Liebeswonne:
  [Denn sie]2 ist ein süßes Licht.

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Confirmed with Dramatische Dichtungen von Matthäus von Collin. Erster Band. Friedrich der Streitbare. - Der Cid. Pesth 1813, bey Konrad Adolph Hartleben, pages 95-96.

1 omitted by Schubert.
2 Schubert: "Liebe"

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Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Emily Ezust (b. 1972) , no title, copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission ; composed by Gary Bachlund.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Lewis Grenville) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 23
Word count: 110

Love is a sweet light
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Love is a sweet light.
As the world pursues the sun
And every bright star
In the wide blue distance,
So does the heart pursue the bliss of love;
For it is a sweet light.
 

Look, how high in silent ceremony
Over there, bright stars glint:
They fly from the world's dark,
Gloom-filled, murky haze.
Woe is me! How cheerless
I feel deep in my mind,
Which once blossomed in joy
And is now isolated, without love.
 

Love is a sweet light.
As the world pursues the sun
And every bright star
In the wide blue distance,
So does the heart pursue the bliss of love:
Love is a sweet light.

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Translations of titles
"Licht und Liebe" = "Light and love"
"Nachtgesang" = "Nocturne"


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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)


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2017-01-25
Line count: 20
Word count: 111