by Friedrich von Matthisson (1761 - 1831)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Geist der Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA
Der Abend schleiert Flur und Hain
In traulichholde Dämmrung ein;
Hell flimmt, wo goldne Wölkchen ziehn,
Der Stern der Liebeskönigin.

Die Wogenfluth hallt Schlummerklang,
Die Bäume lispeln Abendsang; 
Der Wiese Gras umgaukelt lind
Mit Sylphenkuß der Frühlingswind. 

Der Geist der Liebe wirkt und strebt,
Wo nur ein Puls der Schöpfung bebt;
Im Strom, wo Wog' in Woge fließt,
Im Hain, wo Blatt an Blatt sich schließt. 

O Geist der Liebe! führe du
Dem Jüngling die Erkorne zu!
Ein Minneblick der Trauten hellt
Mit Himmelsglanz die Erdenwelt!

Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, page 39.

Note: The initial version of this poem, published with the title Abendlied, is slightly different; see below.


Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in a modified version by F. C. Füchs, Albert Gottlieb Methfessel, Hans Georg Nägeli, Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "L'esperit de l'amor", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Geest van liefde", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The spirit of love", copyright © 2011
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "L'esprit de l'amour", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Iago Giné) , "Espíritu del amor", copyright © 2013, (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: 2017-07-27 13:08:43
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Word count: 86

Geest van liefde
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
De avond sluiert bos en veld,
En schemer met de nacht versmelt;
Hel glimt, tussen1 gouden wolkjes in,
De ster der liefdeskoningin2.
 
Het golfgeklots geeft sluimerdrang,
De bomen lisp'len avondzang,
Het weidegras wordt zacht omspeeld
Door lentewind die kust en streelt.
 
De geest van liefde werkt en streeft
Waar slechts één scheppingspulsje beeft:
In de3 stroom, waar golf op golf aanglijdt,
In 't bos, waar blad aan blad zich vlijt.
 
O, geest van liefde, breng nu gauw
De knaap zijn uitverkoren vrouw!
Een liefdesblik van 't paartje geeft
Een hemelglans aan al wat leeft!

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Tussen: te zingen op twee zestiende noten
2 De avondster, Venus.
3 In de: te zingen op twee zestiende noten

Authorship

  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2010 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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Text added to the website: 2010-04-20 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:39
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Word count: 94