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Was wecken aus dem Schlummer mich

Language: German (Deutsch)

Was wecken aus dem Schlummer mich
  Für süße Klänge doch?
O Mutter, sieh! wer mag es sein,
  In später Stunde noch?

"Ich höre nichts, ich sehe nichts,
  O schlummre fort so lind!
Man bringt dir keine Ständchen jetzt,
  Du armes, krankes Kind!"

Es ist nicht irdische Musik,
  Was mich so freudig macht;
Mich rufen Engel mit Gesang,
  O Mutter, gute Nacht!

Translation(s): ENG FRE FRE SPA

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Confirmed with Uhland, Ludwig, Gedichte, Stuttgart, 1815.

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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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The serenade", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La sérénade", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-10-13 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-01-08 13:49:43

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Word count: 61

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Le sommeil

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

-- Quels doux chants, [quelle]1 voix légère
Soudain m'empêchent de dormir ? 
Écoute, regarde, ma mère, 
Qui donc si tard peut nous venir ?

-- Je ne puis rien voir, rien entendre.
Oh ! par pitié, repose-toi.
Hélas ! qui pourrions-nous attendre ? 
Mon pauvre enfant, dors près de moi.

-- Ce n'est pas une voix mortelle 
Dont j'ai cru distinguer le bruit ; 
C'est l'ange des cieux qui m'appelle. 
Adieu, ma mère, bonne nuit.

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Confirmed with Xavier Marmier, Poésies d'un voyageur 1834-1878, Paris, A. Lahure, 1882, page 58.

1 Bouval: "et quelle"; further changes may exist not shown above.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862), "Das Ständchen", appears in Balladen und Romanzen, in Sterbeklänge, no. 1, first published 1815 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Francis Edward Bache, J. Bandisch, Norbert Burgmüller, Ernesto Drangosch, Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich, Gerhard Haase, Eduard Franz Carl Hubert Hartenfels, Georg Andreas Henkel, Robert Kahn, Nikolay Filippovich Khristianovich, Jan Bedřich Kittl, Conradin Kreutzer, Josephine Lang, Leopold Lenz, W. J. Otto Lessmann, Rudolph, Fürst von Lichtenstein, Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe, Friedrich Niggli, August Overbeck, Hans Paumgartner, Heinrich Proch, Alfred Richter, Heinrich von Sahr, Louis Schubert, Louis [Ludwig] Spohr, Nic. Thauret, August Walter. Go to the text.

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

Text added to the website: 2015-03-28 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-03-28 23:35:39

Line count: 12
Word count: 73