Dein Silber schien
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE
Dein Silber schien
Durch Eichengrün,
Das Kühlung gab,
Auf mich herab,
O Mond, und lachte Ruh
Mir frohen Knaben zu.

Wenn [itzt]1 dein Licht
Durchs Fenster bricht,
Lachts keine Ruh
Mir [Jüngling]2 zu,
Siehts meine Wange blaß,
Mein [Auge thränennaß]3.

[Bald]4, lieber Freund,
Ach, [bald]5 bescheint
Dein Silberschein
Den Leichenstein,
Der meine Asche birgt,
[Des Jünglings Asche birgt!]6

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Besorgt durch seine Freunde Friederich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg und Johann Heinrich Voß. Carlsruhe, bey Christian Gottlieb Schmieder, 1784, page 100; and with Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty's Sämtliche Werke kritisch und chronologisch herausgegeben von Wilhelm Michael, Erster Band, Weimar, Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen, 1914, page 128.

Note: Hölty's poem, initially with the title "An den Mond", was published by Johann Heinrich Voß in a revised version, with the title "Klage".

1 Mendelssohn-Hensel: "jetzt"
2 Schubert (second version only): "Knaben"
3 Hölty (original version): "Aug von Thränen naß"
4 Hölty (original version): "Wann"
5 Hölty (original version): "wann"
6 Hölty (original version): "Wenn Minneharm mich würgt?"

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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 © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Plany a la lluna", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Your silver shone through green oaks", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

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