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Language: German (Deutsch)

Zögernd, [stille]1,
In des Dunkels nächt'ger [Hülle]2
Sind wir hier;
Und den Finger sanft gekrümmt,
Leise, leise,
Pochen wir
An des Liebchens Kammerthür.

Doch nun steigend,
[Hebend, schwellend]3,
Mit vereinter [Stimme Laut]4
Rufen aus wir hochvertraut:5
Schlaf' du nicht,
Wenn der Neigung Stimme spricht!

Sucht' ein Weiser nah' und ferne
Menschen einst mit der Laterne,
Wie viel selt'ner dann als Gold,
Menschen uns geneigt und hold?
D'rum, wenn Freundschaft, Liebe spricht,
Freundin, Liebchen, schlaf' du nicht! -

Aber was in allen Reichen
Wär' dem Schlummer zu vergleichen?
[Was du hast und weißt und bist,
Zahlt nicht, was der Schlaf vergißt.]6
D'rum statt Worten und statt Gaben,
Sollst du nun auch Ruhe haben;
Noch ein Grüßchen, noch ein Wort,
Es verstummt die frohe Weise,
Leise, leise,
Schleichen [wir]7 uns wieder fort!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Grillparzer's Sämmtliche Werke. Erster Band. Stuttgart. Verlag der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1872, page 254; and with Grillparzers Sämmtliche Werke in zehn Bänden. Dritte Ausgabe. Erster Band. Stuttgart. Verlag der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1878, pages 241-242.

Note: Schubert received a manuscript from Grillparzer, where the text may have been slightly different to what was published in Grillparzer's collected works. In the editions of 1872 and 1874 the poem has the subtitle "Musik von Franz Schubert" and the wrong dating 1824, the edition of 1878 has the correct dating 1827.

1 Schubert: "leise"
2 Schubert (second version only): "Stille"
3 Schubert: "Schwellend, schwellend, hebend"
4 Schubert: "Stimme, laut,"
5 In Grillparzer's editions of 1872 and 1874 stanza 2 ends here and the subsequent two lines belong to stanza 3.
6 omitted by Schubert
7 Schubert (first version): "wir, ja schleichen wir"; Schubert (second version): "wir, schleichen wir"

Submitted by Richard Morris 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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Joan Company) , "Serenata", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Serenade", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Serenade", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sérénade", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "Serenata", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Tot vacil.lant, calladament
en la silenciosa fosca de la nit,
som aquí,
i, amb el dit una mica corbat,
suaument, suaument,
a la porta de la cambra de l’estimada.

Però ara, a poc a poc,
apujant el to,
amb una veu unida i forta
cridem ben confiats:
No dormis pas quan
és la veu de l’amor qui parla!

Hi hagué un temps un savi que per aquí i per allà
cercava un home amb una llanterna.
Molt és mal de trobar que l’or
són els homes que ens agradin i ens estimin!
Així que quan l’amistat i l’amor parlen
no pots dormir, amiga estimada!

Però hi ha res en el món
que pugui comparar-se al dolç dormir?
[ ...
Doncs, enlloc de paraules i de regals,
ara has de desansar!
Només una escomesa, només un mot,
i el cant joiós es torna silenci,
suaument, suaument
ens escapolim, ens escapolim!

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