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Language: German (Deutsch)

Tiefe Feyer
Schauert um die Welt.
Braune Schleyer
Hüllen Wald und Feld.
Trüb und matt und müde
Nickt jedes Leben ein,
Und namenloser Friede
Umsäuselt alles Seyn!

Wacher Kummer,
Verlaß ein Weilchen mich!
Goldner Schlummer,
Komm und umflügle mich!
Trockne meine Thränen
Mit deines Schleyers Saum,
Und täusche, Freund, mein Sehnen,
Mit deinem schönsten Traum.

Blaue Ferne,
Hoch über mich erhöht!
Heil'ge Sterne,
In hehrer Majestät!
Sagt mir, ist es stiller, 
Ihr Funkelnden, bey euch, 
Als in der Eitelkeiten
Aufruhrvollem Reich?

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE NOR

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Confirmed with L.T.Kosegarten's Poesieen, Neueste Auflage, Zweyter Band, Berlin 1803, pages 10-11; and with Ludwig Theoboul Kosergarten's Poesieen. Zweiter Band. Leipzig bei Heinrich Gräff. 1798, pages 281-282. Kosegarten's poem is slightly different in later editions (see below).

First published in a slightly different version in Poetische Blumenlese, aufs Jahr 1788. Göttingen, bey Johann Christian Dieterich, pages 157-158.

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)

Another version of this text exists in the database.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cant de la nit", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Nachtgezang", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Night song", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant nocturne", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Nattsang", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-06-11 12:03:27

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Word count: 81

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Chant nocturne

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

Une profonde solennité
Frémit autour du monde.
Un voile brun
Enveloppe la forêt et les champs.
Terne, lasse et fatiguée,
Chaque vie s'assoupit,
Et une paix sans nom
Murmure autour de tous les êtres !

Chagrin qui veille,
Laisse-moi un petit moment !
Sommeil doré,
Viens et entoure-moi de tes ailes !
Sèche mes larmes 
Avec l'ourlet de ton voile,
Et trompe mon désir, ami, 
Avec ton plus beau rêve.

Bleu lointain,
Élève-toi haut au-dessus de moi !
Étoiles saintes,
Dans votre noble majesté,
Dites-moi, est-ce plus silencieux,
Étincelantes, là vous êtes,
Que dans les vanités
De ce royaume agité ?

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Ludwig Gotthard Theobul Kosegarten (1758 - 1818), "Nachtgesang", written 1787, first published 1787 CAT DUT ENG NOR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Friedrich, Freiherr von Dalberg, Karl Friedrich Ludwig Hellwig, Friedrich Ludwig Æmelius Kunzen, Franz Peter Schubert, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-08-13 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-08-13 13:03:39

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Word count: 101