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Die Nachtigall, als ich sie fragte

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Nachtigall, als ich sie fragte
Warum sie nicht mehr singe, sagte:
Ich singe nur, wenn süß bewegt
Mein Herz voll Drang nach Liebe schlägt:
Seit ich, was ich gesucht, gefunden,
Ist Sehnsucht und Gesang verschwunden:
Doch wenn aufs neu Jasmin und Flieder
Im Garten blüh'n, dann sing' ich wieder.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Aus dem Nachlasse des Mirza-Schaffy. Neues Liederbuch von Friedrich Bodenstedt, Sechzehnte Auflage, Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus, 1891, page 79.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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

  • by Carl Goldmark (1830 - 1915), "Die Nachtigall, als ich sie fragte", op. 34 (Vier Lieder für 1 tiefe Stimme mit Pianoforte. -- für 1 hohe Stimme mit Pianofortebegleitung) no. 3, published 1880 [voice and piano], Mainz, Schott [
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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The nightingale, when I asked it", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The nightingale, when I asked it

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The nightingale, when I asked it
Why it no longer sang, said:
I only sing when, sweetly moved,
My heart beats with the urge to love:
Since I have found that for which I was searching,
Yearning and song have vanished:
But when the jasmine and the lilac bloom anew
In the garden, then I shall sing again.

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