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Ten Songs by Ernst Bacon

Word count: 550

Song Cycle by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990)

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?. Schilflied [ sung text not verified ]

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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1. Beat! Beat! Drums! [ sung text verified 1 time]

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Beat! beat! drums! - blow! bugles! blow!
Through the windows - through doors - burst like a ruthless force,
Into the solemn church, and scatter the congregation,
[Into the school where the scholar is studying;
Leave not the bridegroom quiet - no happiness must he have now with his bride,
Nor the peaceful farmer any peace, ploughing his field or gathering his grain,
So fierce you whirr and pound, you drums - so shrill you bugles blow.]1

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1 Omitted by Neidlinger.

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2. Der du von dem Himmel bist [ sung text not verified ]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE FRL GRE HUN ITA SPA

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Trekkers nachtlied", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Wanderer's night song", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , "The wanderer's night-song", appears in The Poems of Goethe, first published 1853
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , "O thou who from heaven art", first published 1911
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le chant de nuit du voyageur I", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRL Friulian (Ermes Culos) , "Tu ch'i ti vèns dal paradìs", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Canto notturno del viandante II", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Lewis Grenville) , "La cancion nocturna del caminante", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Der du [von dem Himmel]1 bist,
[Alles Leid]2 und Schmerzen [stillest]3,
Den, der doppelt elend ist,
Doppelt mit [Erquickung füllest]4,
Ach ich bin des Treibens müde!
[Was soll all der Schmerz und Lust?]5
Süßer Friede,
Komm, ach komm in meine Brust!


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Confirmed with Goethe’s Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Erster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, page 109.

First published in Christliches Magazin Herausgegeben von Joh. Konrad Pfenninger, Dritter Band, 1780, page 243, with the musical setting by Ph. Ch. Kayser.

1 Kirchner: "von den Himmeln"; Hiller: "vom Himmel" (further changes may exist not shown above)
2 Rust: "Kummer, Leid"
3 Schubert: "stillst"
4 Schubert: "Entzückung füllst"
5 Rust: "Bangen Schmerzes, wilder Lust,"; Arnim and J. Marx: "Was soll all der Schmerz, die Lust?"

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4. Ich liebe dich [ sung text not verified ]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I love you", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "I love but thee"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Ich liebe dich, weil ich dich lieben muß;
Ich liebe dich, weil ich nicht anders kann;
Ich liebe dich nach einem Himmelsschluß;
Ich liebe dich durch einen Zauberbann. 

Dich [lieb]1 ich, wie die Rose ihren Strauch;
Dich lieb ich, wie die Sonne ihren Schein;
Dich lieb ich, weil du bist mein Lebenshauch;
Dich lieb ich, weil dich lieben ist mein Sein.


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1 Bachlund, Liszt: "liebe" (passim in this stanza)

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5. Die Nachtblume [ sung text not verified ]

Language: German (Deutsch)

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La nit", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Night is like a quiet sea", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La nuit", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La notte è come un mare calmo", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Nacht ist wie ein stilles Meer,
Lust und Leid und Liebesklagen
Kommen so verworren her
In dem linden Wellenschlagen.

Wünsche wie die Wolken sind,
Schiffen durch die [stillen]1 Räume,
Wer erkennt im lauen Wind,
Ob's Gedanken oder Träume? --

Schließ' ich nun auch Herz und Mund,
Die so gern den Sternen klagen,
Leise doch im Herzensgrund
Bleibt das linde Wellenschlagen.


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First published in Dichter und ihre Gesellen, 1833
1 Rheinberger: "leeren"

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6. Was ist mir denn so wehe? [ sung text not verified ]

Language: German (Deutsch)

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Was ist mir denn so wehe?
  Es liegt ja wie im Traum
Der Grund schon, wo ich stehe,
  Die Wälder säuseln kaum
Noch von der dunklen Höhe.
  Es komme wie es will,
Was ist mir denn so wehe -
  Wie bald wird alles still.


Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorff's sämtliche poetische Werke, dritte Auflage, Erster Band, Gedichte, C. F. Amelang's Verlag, Leipzig, 1883.


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7. Gebet

Language: German (Deutsch)

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Du milder, Du schöner, Du herrlicher Geist
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8. Wandrers Nachtlied [ sung text not verified ]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FIN FRE FRE GRE HUN IRI ITA ITA POL RUS RUS SPA

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Wim Reedijk) , "Boven alle bergen", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Trekkers nachtlied II", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Over all the peaks it is peaceful", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , "The wanderer's night-song", appears in The Poems of Goethe, first published 1853
  • ENG English [singable] (Arthur Westbrook) , "Wanderer's night song"
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Yölaulu", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le chant de nuit du voyageur II", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Au sommet de tous les pics", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sopra ogni vetta", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Canto notturno del viandante I", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Mercedes Vivas) , "Sobre todas las cumbres", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Ueber allen [Gipfeln]1
Ist Ruh',
In allen Wipfeln
Spürest du
Kaum einen Hauch;
Die [Vögelein]2 schweigen im Walde.
Warte nur, balde
Ruhest du auch.


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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Erster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, page 109; and with Goethe's Werke. Erster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1815, page 99.

1 Flügel, Gaugler, Hasse, Radecke: "Wipfeln" (according to the incipits given in Hofmeister) ; further changes may exist not noted above. Lachner: Both "Gipfeln" and "Wipfeln."
2 Schubert: "Vöglein"
See also J.D. Falk's poem Unter allen Wipfeln ist Ruh.

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9. First day

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10. Twilight [ sung text not verified ]

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The soft voluptuous opiate shades,
The sun just gone, the eager light dispell'd -- (I too will soon be
gone, dispell'd,)
A haze -- nirwana -- rest and night -- oblivion.


Submitted by Emily Ezust

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