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Language: German (Deutsch)

Verschneit liegt rings die ganze Welt,
Ich hab' Nichts, was mich freuet,
Verlassen steht der Baum im Feld,
Hat längst sein Laub verstreuet.

Der Wind nur geht bei stiller Nacht
Und rüttelt an den Baume,
Da rührt er seinen Wipfel sacht
Und redet wie im Traume.

Er träumt von künft'ger Frühlingszeit,
Von Grün und Quellenrauschen,
Wo er im neuen Blüten-Kleid
Zu Gottes Lob wird rauschen.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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 (Emily Ezust) , "Winter night", copyright © 2014
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Nuit d'hiver", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Winter night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The whole world lies covered in snow,
Nothing brings me joy;
The tree stands desolate in the field,
Having long since shed its leaves.

Only the wind stirs in the silent night;
And rustling in the tree,
It gently shakes the treetop there
And makes it speak as if in a dream.

[The tree] is dreaming of the springtime to come,
Of [the colour] green, and of hissing springs,
Of [a time] when, in a new cloak of blossoms,
It will rustle in praise of God.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857), "Winternacht", written 1839, appears in Gedichte, in 6. Geistliche Gedichte FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johann Carl Eschmann, Alexis Holländer, Richard Kleinmichel, Egon Kornauth, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Othmar Schoeck, Ferdinand Sieber, Emil Sulzbach, Alexander Winterberger, Franz Wüllner. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-10-24 00:00:00.
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