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Ich hab die Nacht geträumet

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich hab die Nacht geträumet
Wohl einen schweren Traum;
Es wuchs in meinem Garten
Ein Rosmarinenbaum.

Ein Kirchhof war der Garten,
Ein Blumenbeet das Grab,
Und von dem grünen Baume
Fiel Kron' und Blüte ab.

Die Blüten tät ich sammeln
In einen goldenen Krug;
Der fiel mir aus den Händen,
Daß er in [Stücke zerschlug]1.

D'raus sah ich Perlen rinnen
Und Tröpflein rosenrot.
Was mag der Traum bedeuten?
Ach Liebster, bist du tot?

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE FRE

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1 J. van Eijken: "Stücken schlug"

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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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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:55
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Word count: 73

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I dreamed all last night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I dreamed all last night
Such a worrisome dream;
I saw growing in my garden
A rosemary tree.

A church graveyard was the garden,
A flowerbed the grave,
And from the green tree
fell a crown and blossoms.

I collected the blossoms
In a golden jar;
I fell out of my hands,
And [smashed completely to pieces]1.

Around the outside I saw pearls
And rose-red drops.
What could the dream mean?
Ah, Beloved, are you dead?

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Translator's notes:
Line 2-4: crown (of a tree): braches and foliage from the top of the tree.
Line 4-1: pearls: could also mean pearly drops, like tears or sweat

1 J. van Eijken: "smashed to pieces"


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , first published 1855 DUT FRE FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Banck, J. Bandisch, Emil Bohn, Johannes Brahms, Karl Anton Florian Eckert, Jan Albert van Eijken, Carl Georg Peter Grädener, Carl von Grote, Gustav Hecht, George Henschel, Ernst Isler, Théodore Kahle, Albert Levinsohn, Julius Joseph Maier, George W. Marston, Max Stange, Adolf Völckerling, Nicolai von Wilm, Erich J. Wolff, Felix von Woyrsch. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-02-08.
Last modified: 2016-02-08 09:56:14
Line count: 16
Word count: 76