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Nach dir schmacht' ich, zu dir eil' ich,...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nach dir schmacht' ich, zu dir eil' ich, du, geliebte Quelle, du! 
Aus dir schöpf' ich, bei dir ruh' ich, seh' dem Spiel der Wellen zu; 
Mit dir scherz' ich, von dir lern' ich heiter durch das Leben wallen,
Angelacht von Frühlingsblumen, und begrüßt von Nachtigallen.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Teutsche Sprachlehre für die Mittelschulen an der Universität zu Würzburg, Würzburg: Stahelischen Universitäts-Buchhandlung, 1791. Page 224.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Melanie Trumbull


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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2017-03-19.
Last modified: 2017-10-17 22:41:36
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For you I yearn, to you I hasten, you,...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

For you I yearn, to you I hasten, you, beloved water-spring, you!
From you I draw [water], beside you I rest, looking at the play of the waves;
With you I jest, from you learn how to pass merrily through life,
Smiled upon by spring flowers and greeted by nightingales.

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Translations of title(s):
"Daphnis an die Quelle" = "Daphne at the water-spring"
"Die Quelle" = "At the water-spring"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Karl Wilhelm Ramler (1725 - 1798), "Daphnis an die Quelle"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hans Georg Nägeli. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-10-17.
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