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Language: German (Deutsch)

Vergangen ist der lichte Tag;
Von ferne kommt der Glocken Schlag.
So reist die Zeit die ganze Nacht,
Nimmt manchen mit, der's nicht gedacht.

Wo ist nun hin die bunte Lust,
Des Freundes Trost und treue Brust,
[Des Weibes]1 süßer Augenschein?
Will keiner mit mir munter sein?

Da's nun so stille auf der Welt,
Ziehn Wolken einsam übers Feld,
Und Feld und Baum besprechen sich, --
O Menschenkind, was schauert dich?

Wie weit die falsche Welt auch sei,
Bleibt mir doch Einer nur getreu,
Der mit mir weint, der mit mir wacht,
Wenn ich nur recht an ihn gedacht.

Frisch auf denn, liebe Nachtigall,
Du Wasserfall mit hellem Schall!
Gott loben wollen wir vereint,
Bis daß der lichte Morgen scheint!

Translation(s): DAN DUT ENG ENG FRE

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F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy sets stanzas 1-2, 5

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorff, Gedichte, Berlin, Verlag von M. Simion, 1841, page 3.

1 Klein, Mendelssohn: "Der Liebsten"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Melanie Trumbull


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DAN Danish (Dansk) (Maryanna Morthensen) , "Sang til Natten", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Carl Johengen) , "Night song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Maryanna Morthensen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-06-08 13:09:10
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Gone is the bright day

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Gone is the bright day;
From afar comes the tolling of the bell.
Thus travels the time the whole night,
Carries many along who never knew.

Where is now the colourful joy gone,
The friend’s comfort and faithful bosom,
The woman’s sweet, sparkling glances?
Will no one stay awake with me?
Since the world is now so quiet,
The clouds gather lonely over the field,
And field and tree converse, -
Oh, child of man, why are you shivering?

However wide the false world may be,
One stays still faithful to me,
One, who weeps with me, who wakes with me,
When I just would think of him.

Then start afresh, dear nightingale,
You waterfall of bright sound!
Together we will praise the Lord,
Until the morning light appears!

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Translation of title "Nachtlied" = "Night song"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857), "Nachtlied", appears in Gedichte, in 6. Geistliche Gedichte DAN DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Friedrich Curschmann, Albert Hermann Dietrich, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Wilhelm Killmayer, Bernhard Klein, C. A. Joh. Masberg, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Wilhelm Petersen, August Wilhelm Julius Rietz, Theodor Schmidt, Othmar Schoeck, Bernhard Ernst Scholz. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-03-26.
Last modified: 2015-07-06 16:16:56
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