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Der Abendstern

Language: German (Deutsch)

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.

Translation(s): ENG FRE


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 (David Kenneth Smith) , title 1: "The evening star", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "L'étoile du soir", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The evening star

Language: English

Are you then really so far,
loveliest glittering star?
Secretly each hour I am
yearning to travel to you.

Brightly you look through the night,
still, until sorrow awakes,
shimmering long in the light,
faint, with the rising of sun.

Doesn't your intimate light
bid me to peacefully lie?
Seeing you, glittering star -
yes, I would so gladly die.

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    * Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 1996 by David Kenneth Smith <dksmith (AT)>,, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol ©

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