Eichendorff: “Sehnsucht”

Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788-1857)

Set by Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957), “Sehnsucht”, WoO 30 (1909). Translation © Emily Ezust, Lied & Art Song Texts Page.



The stars were shining with golden light
as I stood alone by the window
and listened to the distant sound
of the posthorn in the still countryside.
My heart became inflamed in my body,
and I thought secretly to myself:
Ah, if only I could journey with them
into that magnificent summer night!
Two young men were walking
past on the slope of the mountain,
and I heard them singing as they walked along
in the quiet area:
of vertiginous, rocky gullies
where the woods rustle so gently;
of springs that rush out from the clefts
into the night of the woods.
They sang of marble statues,
of gardens that grew wild upon stones
in dusky groves;
of palaces in the moonlight
where maidens listen by the windows
when the strum of lutes awakens them;
and of fountains murmuring sleepily
in the magnificent summer night.





Gabriel Rossetti