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Ariette / Romanze (Der Vollmond Strahlt)

by Franz Schubert

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Text & Translation

Ariette / Romanze (Der Vollmond Strahlt)
German source: Wilhelmina Christiane von Chézy

Der Vollmond strahlt auf Bergeshöhn –
Wie hab ich dich vermisst!
Du süsses Herz! es ist so schön,
Wenn treu die Treue küsst.

Was frommt des Maien holde Zier?
Du warst mein Frühlingsstrahl!
Licht meiner Nacht, o lächle mir
Im Tode noch einmal!

Sie trat hinein beim Vollmondschein,
Sie blickte himmelwärts:
„Im Leben fern, im Tode dein!“
Und sanft brach Herz an Herz.

Romance ‘The full moon beams’
English translation © Richard Wigmore

The full moon beams on the mountain tops;
how I have missed you!
Sweetheart, it is so beautiful
when true love truly kisses.

What are May’s fair adorments to me?
You were my ray of spring.
Light of my night, O smile upon me
once more in death.

She entered in the light of the full moon,
and gazed heavenwards.
‘In life far away, yet in death yours!’
And gently heart broke upon heart.

Ariette / Romanze (Der Vollmond Strahlt)
German source: Wilhelmina Christiane von Chézy

Romance ‘The full moon beams’
English source: Richard Wigmore

Der Vollmond strahlt auf Bergeshöhn –
The full moon beams on the mountain tops;
Wie hab ich dich vermisst!
how I have missed you!
Du süsses Herz! es ist so schön,
Sweetheart, it is so beautiful
Wenn treu die Treue küsst.
when true love truly kisses.

Was frommt des Maien holde Zier?
What are May’s fair adorments to me?
Du warst mein Frühlingsstrahl!
You were my ray of spring.
Licht meiner Nacht, o lächle mir
Light of my night, O smile upon me
Im Tode noch einmal!
once more in death.

Sie trat hinein beim Vollmondschein,
She entered in the light of the full moon,
Sie blickte himmelwärts:
and gazed heavenwards.
„Im Leben fern, im Tode dein!“
‘In life far away, yet in death yours!’
Und sanft brach Herz an Herz.
And gently heart broke upon heart.

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

Poet

Wilhelmina Christiane von Chézy

Helmina von Chézy, née Wilhelmine Christiane von Klencke, was a German journalist, poet and playwright. She is known for writing the libretto for Carl Maria von Weber's opera Euryanthe (1823) and the play Rosamunde, for which Franz Schubert composed…

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