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Language: German (Deutsch)

  Sommernächte, süßes Leben,
Wenn sich Hand in Hand verspürt,
Lippen zueinander streben,
Herz an Herz sich schwellend rührt!
  Knabe, sprich, und du kannst's tragen,
Noch allein zu sein so spät,
Wenn der Nachtigallen [Klagen]1
Durch die lauen Lüfte geht?
  Wenn du wüßtest, was ich dächte,
Wüßtest, wer jetzt harret dein,--
In das kleine Fenster brächte
Dich ein kecker [Tritt]2 herein!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with C. Reinhold, Gedichte, Stuttgart: Carl Mäcken, 1853, page 14

1 Jenner: "Schlagen"
2 Jenner: "Schritt"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Sigh of a summer night", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-02-08.
Last modified: 2016-02-08 13:18:54
Line count: 12
Word count: 61

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Sigh of a summer night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

  Summer nights, sweet life,
When a hand feels itself held by another,
When lips strive toward one another,
And heart moves, swelling, against heart!
  Lad, tell me, and you can bear it
To be all alone still so late,
When the [laments]1 of the nightingale
Pass through the warm breezes?
  If you knew what I was thinking,
Knew who is now awaiting you, --
A bold step would bring you
In through the little window!

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1 Jenner: "jugging"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Christian Reinhold (1813 - 1856), "Sommernachtsseufzer"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gustav Jenner. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-02-08.
Last modified: 2016-02-08 13:19:30
Line count: 12
Word count: 75