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Gelassen stieg die Nacht an's Land

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Gelassen]1 stieg die Nacht an's Land,
Lehnt träumend an der Berge Wand,
Ihr Auge sieht die goldne Wage nun 
Der Zeit in gleichen Schalen stille ruhn;
  Und [kecker]2 rauschen die Quellen hervor,
  Sie singen der Mutter, der Nacht, in's Ohr
    Vom Tage,
  Vom heute gewesenen Tage.

Das uralt alte Schlummerlied,
Sie achtet's nicht, sie ist es müd';
Ihr klingt des Himmels Bläue süßer noch,
Der flücht'gen Stunden gleichgeschwung'nes Joch.
  Doch immer behalten die Quellen das Wort,
  Es singen die Wasser im Schlafe noch fort
    Vom Tage, 
  Vom heute gewesenen Tage.

Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Mörike, Eduard Friedrich. Gesammelte Schriften, Erster Band, G. J. Göschen'sche Verlagshandlung, 1878, page 138.

1 Franz: "Bedächtig" (from an earlier version of Mörike's poem)
2 Franz: "kecker nur"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), [adaptation] ; composed by Michael Ostrzyga.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Wijtse Rodenburg) , no title, copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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The night ascends calmly over the land

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The night ascends calmly over the land,
leaning dreamily against the wall of the mountain,
its eyes now resting on the golden scales 
of time, in a similar poise of quiet peace;
and boldly murmur the springs,
singing to Mother Night, in her ear,
of the day 
that was today.

To the ancient lullaby
she pays no attention; she is weary.
To her, the blue heaven sounds sweeter,
the curved yoke of fleeing hours.
Yet the springs keep murmuring,
and the water keeps singing in slumber
of the day 
that was today.

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Translation of title "Um Mitternacht" = "At midnight"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875), "Um Mitternacht" DUT FRE FRE GER ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hans Erich Apostel, Helmut Barbe, Wilhelm Bein, Gottfried Bohnnblust, John Böie, Max Bruch, Hugo Distler, Heimo Erbse, Clara Faisst, Klaus Fischbach, Robert Franz, Detlev Glanert, Hans Martin Gräbner, Hermann Große-Schware, Josef Peter Heinzer, Thomas Hennig, Ferdinand von Hiller, Tobias Hiller, Werner Josten, Ernst Friedrich Kauffmann, Peter Jona Korn, Franz Paul Lachner, Roland Leistner-Mayer, Emil Link, Gerhard Rabe, Günter Raphael, Joseph Rheinberger, Frédéric Louis Ritter, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Manfred Schlenker, Max Seifriz, Manfred Trojahn, Hugo Wolf, Franz Zebinger, Max Zenger. Go to the text.


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