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Lys Nat

Language: Danish (Dansk)

Var det ej nylig, Solen sank
Ned bag Skovene i det Fjerne,
Nylig først, at den blege Stjerne
Så sit Billed i Bølgen blank?

Er det alt Dagens Guld, som gryr?
Glider alt Solens Lavastrømme
Over de bjergebølgede Skyr?
Er det forbi med Nattens Drømme?

Neppe kommen drager du bort!
Lyse Nat, hvi er du så kort?

Translation(s): FRE

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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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Nuit claire", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:21
Line count: 10
Word count: 57

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Nuit claire

Language: French (Français) after the Danish (Dansk)

Est-ce récemment que le soleil s'est couché
Derrière les forêts lointaines,
Que la pâle étoile tout à l'heure
vit son image dans la vague brillante ?

Est-ce tout l'or du jour qui pointe ?
Tout le flot de laves du soleil qui glisse
Sur les montagnes de vagues des nuages ?
Les rêves de la nuit sont-ils passés ?

À peine arrivée, tu t'en es allée !
Claire nuit, pourquoi es-tu si courte ?

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Based on
  • a text in Danish (Dansk) by Otto Benzon (1856 - 1927), "Lys Nat", first published 1900
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Edvard Grieg. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-01-24.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:28
Line count: 10
Word count: 74