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Indisches Brautlied

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

Nahandovah! schöne Nahandovah!
Horch! es ruft der Vogel der Nacht!
Und der Mond erglänzt am Himmel,
Meine Locke trinkt den Thau der Nacht,
Naht die Stunde! was kann noch dich hindern?
Nahandovah! meine Nahandovah!
Fertig ist das Lager, das aus Blättern
Und aus duft'gen Blumen ich bereitet,
Würdig ist es deiner süßen Reize,
Nahandovah! meine Nahandovah!
Und sie naht! das schwere Athmen hör ich,
Das der rasche Gang hervor bringt, höre
Schon das Rauschen ihres Kleides wieder,
Das die zarten Glieder hüllt, ja! sie ist es!
Nahandovah! meine Nahandovah!
Odem schöpfe! meine süße Freundin!
Ruhe aus auf meinem Schooß, wie freundlich
Ist dein Blick, wie lieblich glüht die Wange!
Sanft gekoßt von meiner Hand. Und du lächelst!
Nahandovah! meine Nahandovah!
Deine Küsse brennen durch die Seele,
Mir entflammt dein Kosen wild die Sinne,
Ha! ich sterbe! stirbt man denn vor Wonne?
Nahandovah! meine Nahandovah!
Wie der Blitz verschwinden die Minuten,
Leiser wird dein Odem schon, es schließen
Deine feuchten Augen sich, die Lust
Verschwimmt in mattes Schmachten, und du senkst
Sanft dein Köpfchen, sanft dein reitzend Köpfchen,
Nahandovah! meine Nahandovah!
О wie süß ist Schlaf im Arm der Liebe,
Aber nicht so süß als solch Erwachen,
Weh! du scheidest! bis zum Abend muß ich
Harren nun, in Qual und Sehnsucht hier,
Doch du kehrst gewiß am Abend wieder,
Nahandovah, meine Nahandovah!

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Indian bridal song", subtitle: "Madagascan folksong", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2017-02-06.
Last modified: 2017-02-06 13:10:24
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Indian bridal song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Nahandovah! beautiful Nahandovah!
Hark! the bird of night is calling!
And the moon rises in radiance upon the heavens,
My curls are drinking the dew of the night,
The hour nears! what can still hinder you?
Nahandovah! my Nahandovah!
Our resting place is ready, which I
Have fashioned from leaves and scented flowers,
It is worthy of your sweet charms,
Nahandovah! my Nahandovah!
And she comes! I hear her laboured breathing
That her rapid walking caused, hear
Already again the rustling of her garment,
That shrouds her delicate limbs, yes! it is she!
Nahandovah! my Nahandovah!
Catch your breath, my sweet love!
Rest upon my lap; how cordial
Is your gaze, how beautifully your cheek glows!
Softly caressed by my hand. And you smile!
Nahandovah! my Nahandovah!
Your kisses burn through my soul,
Your caresses wildly enflame my senses.
Ha! I perish! does one then die of bliss?
Nahandovah! my Nahandovah!
The minutes vanish like lightning,
Your breathing already becomes quieter,
Your moist eyes close, passion
Dissolves into soft languor, and you bow
Your head gently, gently bow your graceful head,
Nahandovah! my Nahandovah!
Oh how sweet is sleep in the arms of love,
But not as sweet as such an awakening.
Woe! you depart! until evening must I
Now bide, here in agony and yearning,
But you shall surely return at evening,
Nahandovah! my Nahandovah!

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Subtitle: "Madagascan folksong"


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Not Applicable [an adaptation] FRE GER GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Annette Elisabeth, Freiin von Droste-Hülshoff. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2017-02-06.
Last modified: 2017-02-06 13:11:07
Line count: 36
Word count: 226