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Five German Poems

Word count: 313

Song Cycle by Charles Tomlinson Griffes (1884 - 1920)

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1. Auf dem Teich, dem Regungslosen [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE FRE ITA

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "On the pond, the motionless one", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "On the pond's serene reposes", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sullo stagno, senza un'onda", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Auf dem Teich, dem Regungslosen,
Weilt des Mondes holder Glanz,
Flechtend seine bleichen Rosen
In des Schilfes grünen Kranz.

Hirsche wandeln dort am Hügel,
Blicken [in]1 die Nacht empor;
Manchmal regt sich das Geflügel
Träumerisch im tiefen Rohr.

Weinend muß mein Blick sich senken;
Durch die tiefste Seele geht
Mir ein süßes Deingedenken,
Wie ein stilles Nachtgebet.


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1 Mendelssohn: "durch"

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2. Auf geheimem Waldespfade [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT ENG ENG ENG ENG FIN FRE ITA POR

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó del canyís", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Louisa Loring Dresel)
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Hidden trails through forest's secrets", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canto del canneto", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Elke Beatriz Riedel) , "A Canção dos Juncos", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Auf geheimem Waldespfade
Schleich' ich gern im Abendschein
An das öde Schilfgestade,
Mädchen, und gedenke dein!

Wenn sich dann der Busch verdüstert,
Rauscht das Rohr geheimnisvoll,
Und es klaget und es flüstert,
Daß ich weinen, weinen soll.

Und ich mein', ich höre wehen
Leise deiner Stimme Klang,
Und im Weiher untergehen
Deinen lieblichen Gesang.


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2. By a lonely forest pathway [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850), no title, appears in Gedichte, in 1. Erstes Buch, in Sehnsucht, in Schilflieder, no. 3 CAT FIN FRE ITA POR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Curt von Arnim, Heinrich, Freiherr von Bach, as Heinrich Molbe, Alban Maria Johannes Berg, Max Bruch, Wilhelm Claussen, Otto Dresel, Louis Dumack, Toni Edelmann, Ernst II, Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, Robert Franz, A. Friedland, Albert Fuchs, Paul Geisler, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Hans Harthan, Heinrich XXIV. Prinz Reuss zu Köstritz, Eduard Hermes, Johann Heuchemer, Otto Horr, Mathilde von Kralik, Julius Lammers, Hermann Lanzke, Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, Henri Marteau, Max Mayer, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Carl Ressler, Hugo Riemann, Philipp Rüfer, Othmar Schoeck, Alwin Schutzer, Ferdinand Sieber, Richard Sternfeld, Wilhelm Taubert, Edgar Pierre Joseph Tinel, Franz Veit, Wilhelm Moritz Vogel, Max von Weinzierl. Go to the text.

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By a lonely forest pathway
I am fain at eve to flee
To the dreary rushy beaches,
Dearest, there to dream of thee!

And I watch the woods grow darker,
Hear the reeds' mysterious sighs,
Hear them whisp'ring and complaining,
Till my tears, my tears arise.

And I fancy 'tis the accents
Of thy voice that round me play,
Till the music of thy singing
On the water dies away. 


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3. Nacht liegt auf den fremden Wegen [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE FRI

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Nacht liegt auf den fremden Wegen,
Krankes Herz und müde Glieder; -
Ach, da fließt, wie stiller Segen,
Süßer Mond, dein Licht hernieder;

Süßer Mond, mit deinen Strahlen
Scheuchest du das nächt'ge Grauen;
Es zerrinnen meine Qualen,
Und die Augen übertauen.


Note: first included in Rheinische Flora, no. 12

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3. Night on ways unknown has fallen

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Die Heimkehr, no. 86, first published 1826/7 DUT FRE FRI
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): William Arthur Aikin, Armand Angyal, Heinrich Bauer, Wilhelm Baumgartner, Jürg Baur, Alfred Julius Becher, Eduard Behm, Fritz Binder, Johannes Brahms, Robert Caby, Wilhelm Claussen, Hermann Drechsler, Christian Friedrich Ehrlich, Hans Fleischer, Gerald M. Ginsburg, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, J. von Harder, Ludwig Hartmann, Édouard de Hartog, Lennart Hedwall, Robert Hermann, Adolf Jensen, Julius Hermann Krigar, Ernst Kullak, Franz Paul Lachner, Max Mayer, Arnold Mendelssohn, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Léonard Pieter Joseph Michielsen, John H. Powell, Väinö Raitio, Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl, Otto Schmidt, H. R. Schröder, Korstiaan Stougie, Josef Sucher, Heinrich Triest, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Mikhail Yur'yevich Viel'gorsky, Bouke Visser, Karl Weigl, Hugo Weisgall, Healey Willan. Go to the text.

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Night on ways unknown has fallen
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4. Der träumende See [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CZE DUT ENG FRE POR SPA

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Het dromende meer", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "O lago sonhador", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Daniel Faure) , "El lago soñador", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Der See [ruht]1 tief im [blauem]2 Traum
Von Wasserblumen zugedeckt;
Ihr Vöglein hoch im [Fichtenbaum]3,
Daß ihr mir nicht den Schläfer weckt!

Doch leise weht das Schilf und wiegt 
Das Haupt mit leichtem Sinn;
Ein blauer Falter aber fliegt
Darüber einsam hin.


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1 H. Bach (as Molbe): "liegt"; further changes may exist not noted.
2 Fibich, Griffes, Hermes, Schumann: "blauen" ; further changes may exist for Hermes not noted above.
3 Fibich: "Eichenbaum"

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5. Wohl lag' ich einst in Gram und Schmerz [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Autrefois abattu par le chagrin et la peine", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Wohl lag' ich einst in Gram und Schmerz,
Da weint' ich Nacht und Tag;
Nun wein' ich wieder, weil mein Herz
Sein Glück nicht fassen mag.

Mir ist's, als trüg' ich in der Brust
Das ganze Himmelreich!
O höchstes Leid, o höchste Lust,
Wie seid ihr euch so gleich!


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