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Guten Abend, lieber Mondenschein!

Language: German (Deutsch)

"Guten Abend, lieber Mondenschein!
Wie blickst mir so traulich ins Herz hinein!
Nun sprich, und laß dich nicht lange fragen,
Du hast mir gewiß einen Gruß zu sagen,
    Einen Gruß von meinem Schatz!" --
"Wie [sollt']1 ich bringen den Gruß zu dir?
[Du hast ja]2 keinen Schatz bei mir;
Und was mir da unten die [Burschen]3 sagen,
Und was mir die Frauen und Mädchen klagen,
    Ei, das versteh' ich nicht." --
"Hast Recht, [mein]4 lieber Mondenschein,
Du darfst auch Schätzchens Bote nicht sein;
Denn thätst [du zu tief]5 ihr ins Auge sehen,
Du könntest ja nimmermehr untergehen,
    Schienst ewig nur für sie.“
Dies Liedchen ist ein Abendreih'n,
Ein Wandrer sang's im Vollmondschein;
Und die es lesen bei Kerzenlicht,
Die Leute verstehen das Liedchen nicht,
    Und ist doch kinderleicht.

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE FRE

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N. Gade sets stanzas 1-3

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Confirmed withGedichte von Wilhelm Müller, mit Einleitung und Anmerkungen herausgegeben von Max Müller, Erster Theil, Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus, 1868, page 34

1 Draeseke, Fischhof: "soll"
2 Draeseke, Fischhof: "Hab' ich doch"
3 Draeseke: "Bursche"
4 Draeseke, Fischhof: "du"
5 Gade: "zu tief du"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Andrew Schneider [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)

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

  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant du soir", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-07-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-06-21 14:23:38

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Word count: 126

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Good evening, dearest moon, to thee

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Good evening, dearest moon, to thee!
Why look’st thou so merrily down on me?
Now speak, nor let me my brain be tasking;
Thou hast, I am sure, a gift for the asking,
    A message from my belov’d.
How should I bring a gift to thee?
No treasure of thine was left with me:
And with no message can I be laden,
Since for vain prattle of wife or maiden
    Nothing at all care I.
Thou art not, gentle moon, to blame!
I would not tell thee my darling’s name;
For, did’st thou look in her eyes so bright,
The rest of the world would lose thy light,
    Thou would’st shine for her alone.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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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)

Text added to the website: 2016-05-05 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-05-05 16:40:11

Line count: 15
Word count: 114