by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Karwoche
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE FRE ITA
O Woche, Zeugin heiliger Beschwerde!
Du stimmst so ernst zu dieser Frühlingswonne,
Du breitest im verjüngten Strahl der Sonne
Des Kreuzes Schatten auf die lichte Erde,

Und senkest schweigend deine Flöre nieder;
Der Frühling darf indessen immer keimen,
Das Veilchen duftet unter Blütenbäumen
Und alle Vöglein singen Jubellieder.

O schweigt, ihr Vöglein auf den grünen Auen!
Es hallen rings die dumpfen Glockenklänge,
Die Engel singen leise Grabgesänge;
O still, ihr Vöglein hoch im Himmelblauen!

Ihr Veilchen, kränzt heut keine Lockenhaare!
Euch pflückt mein frommes Kind zum dunklen Strausse,
Ihr wandert mit zum Muttergotteshause, 
Da sollt ihr welken auf des Herrn Altare.

Ach dort, von Trauermelodieen trunken,
Und süß betäubt von schweren Weihrauchdüften,
Sucht sie den Bräutigam in Todesgrüften,
Und Lieb' und Frühling, Alles ist versunken!

Confirmed with Mörike, Eduard, Werke, Herausgegeben von Hannsludwig Geiger, Sonderausgabe der Tempel-Klassiker, Emil Vollmer Verlag, Wiesbaden, p. 85.


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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) , "Setmana Santa", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Holy week", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Semaine sainte", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Semaine Sainte", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Settimana santa", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Settimana santa
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
O settimana, testimone del sacro lamento!
tu rendi seria questa gioia primaverile,
distendi sotto il raggio rinnovato del sole,
l'ombra della croce sulla terra piena di luce,

e deponi tacita i tuoi velami;
mentre la primavera continua a germogliare,
e la viola a spandere profumo sotto gli alberi in fiore
e tutti gli uccelli intonano canti di gioia.

Oh, tacete uccelletti sopra i prati verdeggianti!
Rintoccano cupe le campane tutt'intorno,
gli angeli intonano sommessamente un canto funebre;
oh, tacete, uccelletti lassù nel cielo azzurro!

E voi, viole, rinunciate oggi a ornare i riccioli del capo!
Vi raccoglie la mia pia fanciulla in un mazzo scuro,
con lei recatevi presso la casa della Madonna,
per appassire sull'altare del Signore.

Ah, là ebbra di tristi melodie
dolcemente stordita da intensi profumi d'incenso,
lei cerca il suo sposo tra le tombe,
e amore e primavera, tutto è svanito!

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Text added to the website: 2013-09-17 00:00:00
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