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Es war, als hätt' der Himmel

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es war, als hätt' der Himmel,
Die Erde still geküßt,
Daß sie im Blütenschimmer
Von ihm [nun]1 träumen müßt.

Die Luft ging durch die Felder,
Die Ähren wogten sacht,
Es rauschten leis die Wälder,
So sternklar war die Nacht.

Und meine Seele spannte
Weit ihre Flügel aus,
Flog durch die stillen [Lande]2,
Als flöge sie nach Haus.


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1 Brahms, Schumann: "nur"
2 Brahms: "Räume"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Jos. Van de Vijver) , "Maanlicht"
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "Moonlit night", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Moonlit night", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Nuit de lune", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "ליל ירח", copyright © 2014, (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) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Notte di luna", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Månenatt", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Elke Beatriz Riedel) , "Noite de luar", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Diego S. Loyola) , "Noche de Luna", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27

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ליל ירח

Language: Hebrew (עברית) after the German (Deutsch)

נדמה היה כאילו הרקיע נשק בדממה לאדמה כי היא בהנץ פריחה רק עליו לחלום יכלה. רוח בשדות עברה. נעו גלים גלים שיבולי קמה. היערות רשרשו לוחשים, כה בהיר כוכבים היה הלילה. ונפשי פרשה ברוחב את כנפיה. עלתה אל מעל לארץ השקטה כאילו היא עפה לביתה.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Hebrew (עברית) copyright © 2014 by Max Mader, (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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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857), "Mondnacht", appears in Gedichte, in 6. Geistliche Gedichte DUT DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE IRI ITA NOR POR RUS SPA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Bendel, A. von Biegeleben, Martin Blumner, Johannes Brahms, Bertha von Brukenthal, Friedrich Wilhelm Dietz, Kurt Erickson, Hans Martin Gräbner, Carl Graff, Leo Grill, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Johann Wenzeslaus Kalliwoda, Emil Kauffmann, Hugo Wilhelm Ludwig Kaun, Marie Charlotte Henriette von Kehler, Friedrich Kiel, Wilhelm Killmayer, Friedrich [Fritz] Kirchner, Felix Landau, Eduard Lassen, Heinrich August Marschner, Wilhelm Martens, Rolf Martinsson, C. A. Joh. Masberg, Emanuel Moór, Philipp Nabholz, John Knowles Paine, W. Rose, Philipp Roth, Moritz Scharf, Carl Schiller, Robert Schumann, Arthur Smolian, Wilhelm Sturm, Heinrich Ferdinand Thieriot, Frank Valentin Van der Stucken, J. Wolfensperger, A. Zellner. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-02-18 00:00:00.

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