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Der Einsame im Herbst

Language: German

Herbstnebel wallen bläulich überm See;
Vom Reif bezogen stehen alle Gräser;
Man meint', ein Künstler habe Staub vom Jade
Über die feinen [Blüten]1 ausgestreut.

Der süße Duft der Blumen is verflogen;
Ein kalter Wind beugt ihre Stengel nieder.
Bald werden die verwelkten, goldnen Blätter
Der Lotosblüten auf dem Wasser ziehn.

Mein Herz ist müde. Meine kleine Lampe
Erlosch mit Knistern;
[es gemahnt mich an den Schlaf.]2
Ich komm zu dir, traute Ruhestätte!
Ja, gib mir [Ruh]3, ich hab Erquickung not!

Ich weine viel in meinen Einsamkeiten.
Der Herbst in meinem Herzen währt zu lange.
Sonne der Liebe, willst du nie mehr scheinen,
Um meine bittern Tränen [mild]4 aufzutrocknen?

Translation(s): ENG ITA CAT POL
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1 Bethge: "Halme"
2 Bethge: "an den Schlaf gemahnend"
3 Bethge: "Schlaf"
4 added by Mahler
Die chinesische Flöte. Nachdichtungen chinesischer Lyrik, Band 1, YinYang Media Verlag. ISBN 3-9806799-5-0.


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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, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The solitary one in autumn", copyright ©
    * ITA Italian (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il solitario in autunno", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * CAT Catalan (Salvador Pila) , "El solitari a la tardor", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * POL Polish (Alicja Istigniejew) , "Jesień osamotnionego", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-01-16.

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The solitary one in autumn

Language: English

Blue autumn mists undulate over the lake;
the grass is standing stiff with frost;
One might think an artist had strewn jade dust
over all the fine blossoms.

The sweet fragrance of flowers has flown away;
a cold wind forces them to bow their stems low.
Soon the wilted golden leaves
of lotus flowers will drift upon the water.

My heart is weary. My small lamp
has gone out with a splutter;
it reminds me of sleep.
I am coming to you, comfort place of rest!
Yes, give me rest - I have need of rejuvenation.

I weep much in my solitude.
The autumn in my heart has lasted too long.
Sun of love, will you never shine again,
gently to dry my bitter tears?

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    * Translation from German to English copyright © by Emily Ezust,

    (emily at lieder dot net)

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Text added to the website: 2004-01-16.