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Derweil ich schlafend lag

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Derweil]1 ich schlafend lag,
Ein Stündlein wohl vor Tag,
Sang vor dem Fenster auf dem Baum
Ein Schwälblein mir, [ich]2 hört es kaum
Ein Stündlein wohl vor Tag.

"Hör an, was ich dir sag',
Dein Schätzlein ich verklag':
Derweil ich dieses singen tu',
Herzt [er]3 ein Lieb in guter Ruh,
Ein Stündlein wohl vor Tag."

O weh! nicht weiter sag'!
O still! nichts hören mag!
Flieg ab, flieg ab von meinem Baum!
Ach, Lieb' und Treu' ist wie ein Traum
Ein Stündlein wohl vor Tag.


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

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1 Deprosse, Distler: "Dieweil"
2 Distler: "man"
3 Rheinberger: "es"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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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)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Wijtse Rodenburg) , "Terwijl ik nog in bed lag", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "An hour before daybreak", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Une petite heure juste avant le jour", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Stavo a dormire ancora", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42
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Word count: 85

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An hour before daybreak

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 As I lay sleeping,
 well an hour before daybreak,
 by my window on the tree there sang
 for me a little swallow; I could hardly hear it
 an hour before daybreak.
 
 "Listen well to what I say to you -
 your sweetheart I denounce:
 as I am singing this,
 he is clasping his love in good repose,
 an hour before daybreak."
 
 O woe! say no more!
 O silence! I want to hear no more!
 Fly away, fly away from my tree!
 Alas, love and fidelity are like a dream
 an hour before daybreak!


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875), "Ein Stündlein wohl vor Tag" DUT FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Eugen d'Albert, Carl Banck, Wilhelm Baumgartner, Heinrich Bellermann, Wenzel Theodor Bradsky, Anton Deprosse, Hugo Distler, Alexander Fesca, Robert Franz, Robert Fuchs, Robert Gund, Thomas Hennig, Bernhard Hopffer, Hans Huber, Robert Kahn, Ernst Friedrich Kauffmann, Wilhelm Killmayer, Louise Koster, Richard Kursch, Franz Paul Lachner, Rudolf Leberl, Gerhard Meissner, Erik Meyer-Helmund, Friedrich August Naubert, Martin Plüddemann, Carl Quitta, Friedrich Rauchbauer, Max Renner, Joseph Rheinberger, Otto Scherzer, Fritz Schieri, Manfred Schlenker, Hans Michael Schletterer, Hugo von Senger, Otto Sonnen, Wilhelm Speidel, Wilhelm Sturm, Wolfgang Ulrich, H. Weimar, Felix Paul Weingartner, Justus Hermann Wetzel, Hugo Wolf, Erich Zeisl. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42
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Word count: 94