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How sweet the answer Echo makes

Language: English

How sweet the answer Echo makes
  To Music at night,
When, rous'd by lute or horn, she wakes,
And far away, o'er lawns and lakes,
  Goes answering light!

Yet Love hath echoes truer far,
  And far more sweet,
Than e'er beneath the moonlight's star,
Of horn, or lute, or soft guitar,
  The songs repeat.

'Tis when the sigh, in youth sincere,
  And only then, --
The sigh that's breath'd for one to hear,
Is by that one, that only dear,
  Breath'd back again.

Translation(s): FRE GER GER

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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)

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE by Hub. Engels.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Écho", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Wie süß die Antwort, die Echo gibt

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Wie süß die Antwort, die Echo gibt
  Auf die Musik des Nachts,
Wenn, von Laute oder Horn geweckt, sie aufwacht,
Und weit über Rasen und Seeen,
  Leicht antwortend wandert.
Aber die Liebe hat Echos weit echter,
  Und weit süßer,
Als je unter dem Stern des Mondscheins
Von Horn oder Laute oder leiser Guitarre
  Lieder nachgesprochen werden.
S'ist wenn der Seufzer, in inniger Jugend,
  Und nur dann, --
Der Seufzer hingehaucht nur für [Einen]1 zu hören,
Wird von dem Einen, der nur teuer,

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Translated titles:
"Echo" = "Das Echo"
"Echoes" = "Die Echos"
"How sweet the answer" = "Wie süß die Antwort"
"How sweet the answer echo makes" = "Wie süß die Antwort, die Echo gibt"
"Sweet echo" = "Süßes Echo"

1 Im englischen Text könnte es entweder männlich oder weiblich sein. Bei der Benützung dieser Übersetzung steht es dem Künstler frei, die Pränomen in dieser Strophe zu ändern.


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Based on
  • a text in English by Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852), "Echo", appears in Irish Melodies, first published 1821 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Karolyn Wells Bassett, Maurice Blower, Benjamin Britten, Patricia Cartwright, Elizabeth Penn Sprague Coolidge , Alexander Samuel Cooper, John Woods Duke, William Edmondstoune Duncan, Kenneth George Finlay, Hans Gál, Cuthbert Harris, Frank Haworth, Paul Hindemith, Oliver A. King, John Basil Hugh Longmire, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir, Thomas Pasatieri, Arthur Sullivan, Sir, Gerard Victory. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2015-08-20.
Last modified: 2015-08-20 13:59:28
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