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Die Sommernacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Wenn der Schimmer von dem Monde nun herab
[In]1 die Wälder sich ergießt, und Gerüche
Mit den Düften von der Linde
In den Kühlungen wehn;

  So umschatten mich Gedanken an das Grab
[Der]2 Geliebten, und ich seh' [in dem]3 Walde
Nur es dämmern, und es weht mir
Von der Blüthe nicht her.

  Ich genoß einst, o ihr Todten, es mit euch!
Wie umwehten uns der Duft und die Kühlung,
Wie verschönt warst von dem Monde,
Du, o schöne Natur!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Klopstocks Oden. Erster Band. Leipzig bey Georg Joachim Göschen. 1798, page 234; and with Oden von Klopstock. WIEN, gedruckt bey Joh. Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, k.k. Hofdruckern und Buchhändlern. 1784, pages 218-219.

1 Schubert (first version): "Auf"
2 Schubert: "Meiner"
3 Schubert: "im"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Melanie Trumbull and Peter Rastl [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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La nit d'estiu", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De zomernacht", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The summer night", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The summer night", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La nuit d'été", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2018-07-04 01:15:25
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The summer night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

  When now the shimmer of the moon
Pours into the forests, and aromas
With the scents from the linden tree
Waft about in the coolness:

  Then I am overshadowed by thoughts of the grave
Of my beloved, and in the forest I see
Only the gloaming, and from the blossoms
Nothing wafts over to me.

  Once I too, you dead ones, was able to savour it with you!
How the scent and the coolness wafted about us,
How you were made more beautiful by the moon,
You, oh lovely Nature!


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724 - 1803), "Die Sommernacht", written 1766 CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Christoph Willibald von Gluck, Richard Heuberger, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Hans Georg Nägeli, Christian Gottlob Neefe, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2017-05-15.
Last modified: 2017-05-15 05:13:01
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