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Abendlied (1815) D276


Gross und rotentflammet schwebet 
Noch die Sonn am Himmelsrand, 
Und auf blauen Wogen bebet
Noch ihr Abglanz bis zum Strand; 
Aus dem Buchenwalde hebet
Sich der Mond, und winket Ruh’ 
Seiner Schwester Erde zu.
Ihre Ringeltauben girren
Noch die Täuber sanft in Ruh’, 
Düstre Fledermäuse schwirren 
Nun dem glatten Teiche zu, 
Und der Käfer Scharen irren, 
Und der Uhu, nun erwacht, 
Ziehet heulend auf die Wacht.
Wenn die Nachtigallen flöten,
Hebe dich, mein Geist, empor!
Bei des jungen Tags Erröten
Neig’ o Vater, mir dein Ohr!
Von der Erd’ und ihren Nöten
Steig, o Geist! Wie Duft der Au,
Send’ uns, Vater, deinen Tau!

Evening Song

The sun hovers, massive and flaming red, 
on the sky’s edge,
and upon the blue waves
its reflection glistens, touching the shore. 
From the beechwood the moon rises, 
heralding peace
to her sister earth.
The pigeons coo their ring-doves 
gently to sleep;
sombre bats whirr
against the glassy pond.
The swarming beetles rove, 
and the eagle-owl, now awake, 
hoots as it mounts its watch.
When the nightingales warble
soar aloft, my spirit!
At the first flush of day
hearken to me, O Father!
Rise, O spirit, above the earth and its cares. 
As the meadows spread their fragrance, 
Father, bestow on us your dew!

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Friedrich Leopold belonged to a cadet branch of the Stolberg family. He was born the son of a Danish magistrate and owner of a manorial estate, Count Christian zu Stolberg. Together with his brother Christian, Friedrich Leopold went to the University of Halle in 1770, in order to study German Law. His other studies embraced the Classics and various historical courses. The two brothers then studied in Göttingen and were a prominent members of the famous Hain or Dichterbund, a society of young men who had high aspirations for the unity of the country, and who cultivated German poetry. After leaving the university the brothers made a journey to Switzerland in company with the famed poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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