by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Gianni Franceschi

Ave Maria! Meer und Himmel ruh'n
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
Ave Maria! Meer und Himmel ruh'n,
Von allen Türmen hallt der Glocken Ton, 
Ave Maria! Laßt vom ird'schen Tun,
Zur Jungfrau betet, zu der Jungfrau Sohn,
Des Himmels Scharen selber knieen nun
Mit Lilienstäben vor des Vaters Thron,
Und durch die Rosenwolken wehn die Lieder
Der sel'gen Geister feierlich hernieder.

O heil'ge Andacht, welche jedes Herz
Mit leisen Schauern wunderbar durchdringt!
O [sel'ger]1 Glaube, der sich himmelwärts
Auf des Gebetes weißem Fittig schwingt!
In milde Tränen [löst sich da]2 der Schmerz,
Indes der Freude Jubel sanfter klingt.
[ Ave Maria! Wenn die Glocke tönet,
So lächeln Erd' und Himmel mild versöhnet.]3

C. Schumann sets stanza 1

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1 Franz, R. Schumann: "heil'ger"
2 Raff: "löset sich"
3 R. Schumann: "Ave Maria! Erd' und Himmel scheinen / Bei diesem Laut sich liebend zu vereinen."


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 © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Ave Maria!", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Soir de fête à Venise", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Gianni Franceschi) , "Vespro a Venezia", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 101

Vespro a Venezia
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ave Maria! Mare e Cielo riposano,
da tutte le torri echeggia il suono delle campane.
Ave Maria! Lasciate le occupazioni di questo mondo,
pregate la Vergine, pregate il Figlio della Vergine.
Le stesse schiere celesti adesso si inginocchiano
con steli di giglio davanti al trono del Padre,
e attraverso le nubi rosate spirano i canti
degli spiriti beati verso la Terra.

O sacro raccoglimento, che ogni cuore
meravigliosamente pervade con fremiti leggeri!
O beata Fede, che verso il Cielo fluttua
sulla bianca ala della preghiera!
In dolci lacrime si scioglie dunque il dolore,
allorché il giubilo si fa più delicato.
Ave Maria! Quando la campana risuona,
sorridono Cielo e Terra, dolcemente riconciliati.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2011 by Gianni Franceschi, (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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This text was added to the website: 2011-12-27
Line count: 16
Word count: 112