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Das Abendrot (1818) D627

Das Abendrot

Du heilig, glühend Abendrot!
Der Himmel will in Glanz zerrinnen; 
So scheiden Märtyrer von hinnen, 
Hold lächelnd in dem Liebestod.
Des Aufgangs Berge still und grau, 
Am Grab des Tags die hellen Gluten; 
Der Schwan auf purpurroten Fluten, 
Und jeder Halm im Silbertau!
O Sonne, Gottesstrahl, du bist
Nie herrlicher, als im Entfliehen! 
Du willst uns gern hinüberziehen, 
Wo deines Glanzes Urquell ist. 


Sacred, glowing sunset.
The sky melts into radiance.
Thus do martyrs depart this life,
serenely smiling as they die for their love.
At dawn the mountains are grey and silent, 
the flames glow brightly at the day’s grave; 
the swan glides on crimson waters
and every blade is bathed in silver dew.
O sun, light of God, you are
never more glorious than when you go down! 
You would gladly draw us with you
to the source of your radiance.

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