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Zwei Nachtigallen sangen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Zwei Nachtigallen sangen
In einem Gartenraum.
Auf hoher Tanne die eine,
Die [Zweite]1 auf blühendem Baum.
Das Lied der Einen war feurig,
War glühender Liebeskuß,
Das Lied der Andern war traurig,
Wie schmelzender [Wehmuth Erguß]2.
Vom Blüthenbaum stieg Jubel
Melodisch im lauten Klang,
Von der Tanne wallte hernieder
Der [Klagen]3 seufzender Sang.
Und lauter wurde das Jauchzen,
Und lauter wurde der Schmerz,
Da brach die Wonne der Einen,
Die Wehmuth der Andern das Herz.
Da sanken die Nachtigallen
Hinab in den Gartenraum,
Und trauernde Zweige neigte
Über beide der blühende Baum.
Und deckte mit fallenden Blüthen
Die Herzen, so früh verglüht,
Und es rauschten die Tannenzweige
Den Sängern ein Schlummerlied.

Translation(s): ENG ENG

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Confirmed with Bechsteins Gedichte, Frankfurt am Main: [no publisher given], 1836, pages 167-168.

1 Hackel: "and're"
2 Hackel: "Wehmuthsguss"
3 Hackel: "Klage"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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

  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , title 1: "The two nightingales"
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-09-01.
Last modified: 2015-04-10 18:20:43
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Word count: 110

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Two nightingales sang

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Two nightingales sang
In the expanse of a garden,
One upon the high fir,
The [second]1 upon a blossoming tree.
The song of the one was fiery,
Was a glowing kiss of love;
The song of the other was sorrowful,
Like a melting outpouring of melancholy.
From the blossoming tree arose rejoicing,
Loudly resounding in melody;
From the fir flowed down
The sighing songs of [lamentations]2.
And the rejoicing became louder,
And louder became the suffering;
Then the heart of one was broken by bliss,
And the other's by melancholy.
The nightingales sank
Down into the expanse of the garden,
And the blossoming tree bowed
Its mourning branches over both of them.
And with falling blossoms it covered
The hearts that had been consumed so early,
And the branches of the fir soughed
A slumber song for the singers.

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Translated titles:
"Die Nachtigallen" = "The nightingales"
"Die beiden Nachtigallen" = "The two nightingales"
1 Hackel: "other"
2 Hackel: "lamentation"


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Text added to the website: 2015-04-10.
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