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Der Abendstern

by Clara Schumann

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Der Abendstern
German source: Anon.

Bist du denn wirklich so fern,
Lieblicher, glänzender Stern?
Sehne mich stündlich von hier,
Wandelnder, heimlich zu dir.

Blickest so hell durch die Nacht,
Still, bis die Sorge erwacht,
Schimmerst am Morgen noch spät,
Matt, wenn die Sonne ersteht.

Winket dein freundliches Licht
Frieden und Ruhe mir nicht?
Schau ich dich, blinkenden Stern,
Möcht’ ich ja sterben so gern.

The evening star
English translation © Richard Stokes

Are you really then so far away,
Dear sweet shining star?
Each hour I long to secretly set out,
O wanderer, towards you.

You gaze so brightly through the night,
Quietly, till cares awake,
You shimmer well into the morning,
Then faintly when the sun rises.

Will your friendly light shine
Its peace and repose on me?
When I behold you, shimmering star,
I would die most willingly.

Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Der Abendstern
German source: Anon.

The evening star
English source: Richard Stokes

Bist du denn wirklich so fern,
Are you really then so far away,
Lieblicher, glänzender Stern?
Dear sweet shining star?
Sehne mich stündlich von hier,
Each hour I long to secretly set out,
Wandelnder, heimlich zu dir.
O wanderer, towards you.

Blickest so hell durch die Nacht,
You gaze so brightly through the night,
Still, bis die Sorge erwacht,
Quietly, till cares awake,
Schimmerst am Morgen noch spät,
You shimmer well into the morning,
Matt, wenn die Sonne ersteht.
Then faintly when the sun rises.

Winket dein freundliches Licht
Will your friendly light shine
Frieden und Ruhe mir nicht?
Its peace and repose on me?
Schau ich dich, blinkenden Stern,
When I behold you, shimmering star,
Möcht’ ich ja sterben so gern.
I would die most willingly.

Composer

Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann (1819-96) née Wieck is one of the most significant women in musical history. Apart from being a tremendously successful pianist and pedagogue, she wrote numerous songs alongside other works in various genres. She also transformed the…

Poet

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