Translation © by Emily Ezust

Frage
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Wärst du nicht, heil'ger Abendschein!
Wärst du nicht, sternerhellte Nacht!
Du Blütenschmuck! du üpp'ger Hain!
Und du, Gebirg' voll ernster Pracht!
Du, Vogelsang aus Himmeln hoch!
Du, Lied aus voller Menschenbrust!
Wärst du nicht – ach! was füllte noch
In arger Zeit ein Herz mit Lust? --

Confirmed with: Kerners Werke, Zweiter Teil, Gedichte, ed. Raimund Pissin, Berlin, Leipzig, Wien, Stuttgart: Deutsches Verlagshaus Bong & Co., 1914, page 171


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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) , "Interrogació", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Een vraag", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Question", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Interrogation", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Domanda", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 46

Question
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 If you did not exist, holy evening glow!
 If you did not exist, starlit night!
 You jewel-like blossoms! You lush grove!
 And you, mountains, full of solemn splendour!
 You birdsong high in the heavens!
 You song from a full human breast!
 If you did not exist, alas! what would then fill
 my heart with pleasure in bad times?

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 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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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 59