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Zwei Lieder

Word count: 118

Song Cycle by Max Reger (1873 - 1916)

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1. Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FIN FRE FRE GRE HEB ITA SPA SWE

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Death is the cool night", copyright © 2019
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • ENG English [singable] (Daniel Platt) , "O Death, that is the cooling night", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Milla Valkeasuo) , "Kuolema on kylmä yö", 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
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) (Ελενη Θεοδωριδου) , "Ο θάνατος είναι η κρύα νύχτα", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "המוות דומה ללילה הקריר", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La morte è una notte fresca", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Sergio Sarano) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht,
Das Leben ist der schwüle Tag.
Es dunkelt schon, mich schläfert,
Der Tag hat mich müd gemacht.

Über mein Bett erhebt sich ein Baum,
Drin singt die junge Nachtigall;
Sie singt von lauter Liebe -
Ich hör es sogar im Traum.


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2. Letzte Bitte [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Last request", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dernière prière", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Laß mich noch einmal dir ins schwarze Auge sehn, 
Laß mich noch einmal tief ins heiße Dunkel senken 
Den trunkenen Blick, dann will ich [weitergehn]1 
Und dich vergessen ... Nur in harter Zeit, 
Wenn sich der Sehnsucht Augen rückwärts lenken, 
Wenn meine Seele nach Vergangenem schreit, 
Dann will ich jenes einen Blicks gedenken, 
Des liebeheißen, gütereichen Blicks, 
Der mir im Bann versagenden Geschicks 
Das Herz zu einem schmerzentiefen Glück geweiht.


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1 Reger: "weiter gehen"

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