by Friedrich von Schlegel (1772 - 1829)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Die Sterne
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Du staunest, o Mensch, was heilig wir strahlen?
O folgtest du nur den himmlischen [Winken]1,
Vernähmest du besser, was freundlich wir [blinken]2,
Wie wären verschwunden die irdischen Qualen!
Dann flösse die Liebe aus ewigen Schalen,
Es athmeten alle in reinen Azuren,
Das lichtblaue Meer umschwebte die Fluren,
Und funkelten [Stern']3 auf den heimischen Thalen.

Aus göttlicher Quelle sind alle genommen.
Ist jegliches Wesen nicht eines im Chore?
Nun sind ja geöffnet die himmlischen Thore,
Was soll denn das bange Verzagen noch frommen?
O wäret ihr schon zur Tiefe geklommen,
So sähet das Haupt ihr von Sternen umflogen
Und spielend ums Herz die kindlichen Wogen,
Zu denen die Stürme des Lebens nicht kommen.

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Confirmed with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1802. Herausgegeben von A. W. Schlegel und L. Tieck. Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1802, pages 155-156; and with Friedrich Schlegel's sämmtliche Werke. Erster Band. Gedichte. Berlin, bei Julius Eduard Hitzig, 1809, page 32.

1 Schubert: "Mächten"
2 Schubert: "winken"
3 Schubert: "Sterne"

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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) , "Les estrelles", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De sterren", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "The stars", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Les étoiles", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Le stelle", copyright © 2009, (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: 2019-05-29 02:37:43
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The stars
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Are you humans amazed at our holy beams?
O if you only followed the signals,
You would understand better how friendly our glow is,
And earthly troubles would then have disappeared!
Then love would flow from bottomless cups,
All would breathe the pure azures,
The light blue sea would encircle the fields,
And stars would sparkle over familiar valleys.

All things are taken from a divine source.
Is each being not one thing in the choir?
Now the heavenly gates have been opened,
What is the use of fearful despair?
If you had already dragged yourself to the depths
You would see stars flying around your head
And, playing around your heart, the childlike waves
Which the storms of life would not reach.

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Text added to the website: 2011-10-30 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-04-06 21:42:22
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