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Die lange Winternacht will nimmer enden

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die lange Winternacht will nimmer enden; 
Als käm' sie nimmermehr, die Sonne weilet; 
Der Sturm mit Eulen um die Wette heulet; 
Die Waffen klirren, an den morschen Wänden.

Und off'ne Gräber ihre Geister senden: 
Sie wollen, um mich her im Kreis vertheilet, 
Die Seele schrecken, daß sie nimmer heilet; - 
Doch will ich nicht auf sie die Blicke wenden.

Den Tag, den Tag, ich will ihn laut verkünden! 
Nacht und Gespenster werden vor ihm fliehen: 
Gemeldet ist er schon vom Morgensterne.

Bald wird es licht, auch in den tiefsten Gründen: 
Die Welt wird Glanz und Farbe überziehen, 
Ein tiefes Blau die unbegränzte Ferne.

Translation(s): ENG

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The long winter's night", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-04-23.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:11
Line count: 14
Word count: 103

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The long winter's night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The long winter's night does not seem to want to end;
As if nevermore to return, the sun tarries;
The storm howls in competition with the owls;
The weapons rattle upon on the rotting walls.

And open graves disgorge their spirits:
Circling about me, they wish
To frighten my soul so that it never recovers;-
But I am resolved not to look at them.

The day, the day, I wish to proclaim it loudly!
Night and ghosts shall flee before it:
The morning star already announces its coming.

Soon it shall be light, even in the deepest vales:
The world shall be suffused with radiance and colour,
The limitless distance with a deep blue.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2013 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Text added to the website: 2013-10-31.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:22
Line count: 14
Word count: 114