by Friedrich von Matthisson (1761 - 1831)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

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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The spirit of love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Evening veils meadow and copse
in a cosy, lovely twilight;
where little golden clouds waft,
the star of love's queen twinkles brightly.

The surge of the tide resounds [with] a sleepy sound,
the trees whisper an evening song,
[and] the spring breeze with a sylphid kiss 
gently ruffles the grass of the meadow.

The spirit of love takes effect and strives,
wherever even a single pulse of Creation trembles:
in the river, where wave flows upon wave,
in the copse, where leaf interlocks with leaf.

O spirit of love, lead
the chosen one to the young man,
[for] the love-filled glance of a beloved one brightens
the terrestrial world with the brilliance of Heaven.

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Emily Ezust

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

    Translation copyright © by Emily Ezust,
    from the LiederNet Archive -- https://www.lieder.net/

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Text added to the website: 2011-06-29 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:27
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Word count: 114