Grab und Mond (Franz Schubert)

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  • CPDL #00837:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 2000-05-17).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Grab und Mond
Composer: Franz Schubert

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularLied

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1891 in Schubert's Werke, Vol. 16
  2nd published: 1906 in Volksliederbuch für Männerchor, no. 171

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Silberblauer Mondenschein fällt herab,
senkt so manchen Strahl hinein in das Grab.
Freund des Schlummers, lieber Mond, schweige nicht,
ob im Grabe Dunkel wohnt, oder Licht.

Alles stumm? Nun stilles Grab rede du,
zogst so manchen Strahl hinab in die Ruh,
birgst gar manchen Mondenblick, silberblau,
gib nur einen Strahl zurück! Komm und schau!  

(text by Johann Gabriel Seidl)

English.png English translation

Silver-blue moonlight falls down,
Lowers many beams down into the grave.
Friend of slumber, dear moon, don't be silent,
if in the grave, darkness lives, or light.

All is quiet? Now, silent Grave, speak,
You drew so many beams down into the stillness,
You hold so many glances of the moon, silver-blue,
Just give one beam back. Come and see!

(translation by Annegret Boge)