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Nachtgesang

Language: German (Deutsch)

Schlummernd an des Vaters Brust
Ruht die Flur in [mächt'gem]1 Schweigen,
Wie sich leis' die Wipfel neigen,
Träumend von des Tages Lust.

Blumen, die zu Glanz und Pracht
Früh des Morgens Ruf erweckte,
Als sie Perlenthau bedeckte,
Schlafen längst in stiller Nacht.

Doch auf ihrer Blüthenbahn
Sendet dankbar noch die Erde,
Von dem grossen Opferherde
Balsamdüfte himmelan.

Und sie [stiegen]2 leicht und rein
Durch des Äthers blaue Meere
Aufwärts zu dem Sternenheere,
Das uns glänzt im ew'gen Schein.

Nach, euch nach! Entflieht noch nicht!
Leiht uns Schwingen, Blumendüfte,
Tragt uns, milde Himmelslüfte,
Aufwärts, aus der Nacht zum Licht.


Translation(s): DUT

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Confirmed with Johann Herbeck. Ein Lebensbild von seinem Sohne Ludwig, Wien: Verlag von Albert J. Gutmann, 1885, page 105.

Note (Emily Ezust): several sources appear to credit Adolf Wendler as the author of the text, including Leipziger Ausgabe der Werke Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdys, Volume 13, Issue 1, Part 1, Deutscher Verlag für Musik, 2009, page 109; however, it was included in the writings of Johann Herbeck in the volume above. While it's possible that it was included by mistake, as a poem copied out rather than authored, we have not yet found a primary source to link the poem to Adolf Wendler.

1 Mendelssohn: "nächt'gem"
2 Mendelssohn: "steigen"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lau Kanen) , "Nachtgezang", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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