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Auf! es dunkelt

Language: German (Deutsch)

Auf! es dunkelt;
Silbern funkelt
Dort der Mond ob Tannenhöhn!
Auf! und tanzt in froher Runde; 
Diese Stunde
Dämmert unbewölkt und schön!

Im Gewässer
Stralen blässer
Felsen, deren Roth verblich;
Und mit dunkelm Violette
Malt die Kette
Schroffer Schneegebirge sich.

Hüpft geschwinde
Um die Linde,
Die uns gelbe Blüten streut.
Laßt uns frohe Lieder singen,
Ketten schlingen,
Wo man traut die Hand sich beut.

Also schweben
Wir durchs Leben,
Leicht wie Rosenblätter, hin.
An den Jüngling, dunkelts bänger,
Schließt sich enger
Seine traute Nachbarin.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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F. Schubert sets stanzas 1, 3, 4

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Gesammelt durch seinen Freund Friedrich Matthisson. Zürich, bey Orell, Gessner, Füssli und Compagnie. 1793, pages 67-68; with Gedichte von J.G. von Salis. Neue Auflage. Zürich, bey Orell Füßli und Compagnie. 1808, pages 17-18; and with Gedichte von J. G. von Salis. Neueste Auflage. Wien 1815. Bey B. Ph. Bauer, pages 16-17.

First published in a different version in Hamburger Musenalmanach 1789, see below.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [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)

Set in a modified version by Joseph Martin Kraus.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Kom voor de rondedans", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael Berridge) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-09-27 18:57:25

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Debout ! il fait sombre

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Debout ! il fait sombre ; 
des étincelles d'argent sont lancées
Par la lune là au-dessus des hauteurs couvertes de sapins !
Debout ! et dansez une ronde joyeuse ;
Cette heure
Se lève sans nuage et magnifique !

Dans les eaux
brillent plus faiblement
Les rochers dont le rouge se décolore ;
Et avec de sombres violets
Est peinte la chaîne
De montagnes escarpées coiffées de neige.

autour du tilleul,
Qui disperse sur nous ses fleurs jaunes.
Chantons des chants joyeux,
Nouons des chaînes,
Là où on s'offre la main en confiance.

Ainsi flottons 
à travers la vie
Légers comme des pétales de roses.
Contre son ami, quand il devient sombre,
Que se presse plus près
Sa fidèle voisine.

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Translation of title "Zum Rundtanz" = "À la ronde"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2016 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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