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O Nacht, du silberbleiche

Language: German (Deutsch)

O Nacht, du silberbleiche,
Verlorene Träumerin,
In deine fremden Reiche
Nimm meine Seele hin!
Schiffbrüchig aus des Tages Not
Leg ich vertraut mein scheues Boot
Ausruhend von erregter Flucht
An deiner Stille heimatliche Bucht.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, page 495.

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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Oh night, you silvery pale", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ô nuit, à la pâleur argentée", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-09-17.
Last modified: 2017-11-26 20:03:49
Line count: 8
Word count: 34

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Oh night, you silvery pale

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Oh night, you silvery, pale,
Lost dreamer,
Into your foreign kingdoms
Take my soul!
Shipwrecked from the sorrow of the day,
Resting from the impassioned flight,
Trustingly I moor my shy boat
In the home port of your stillness.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "O Nacht, du silberbleiche", written 1901 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Woldemar Sacks, Karl Weigl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-09-19.
Last modified: 2014-09-19 07:38:40
Line count: 8
Word count: 39