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Wann der silberne Mond durch die...

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Wann]1 der silberne Mond durch die Gesträuche [blinkt]2,
Und sein schlummerndes Licht über den Rasen [streut]3,
  Und die Nachtigall flötet,
    Wandl' ich traurig von Busch zu Busch.

Selig preis' ich dich dann, flötende Nachtigall,
Weil dein Weibchen mit dir wohnet in Einem Nest,
  Ihrem singenden Gatten
    Tausend trauliche Küsse giebt.

[Ueberhüllet]4 von Laub, girret ein Taubenpaar
Sein Entzücken mir vor; aber ich wende mich,
  Suche [dunklere Schatten]5,
    Und die einsame Thräne rinnt.

Wann, o lächelndes Bild, welches wie Morgenroth
Durch die Seele mir stralt, find' ich auf Erden dich?
  Und die einsame Thräne
    Bebt mir heisser die Wang' herab.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE HEB ITA ITA SPA

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J. Brahms sets stanzas 1, 3-4
F. Mendelssohn-Hensel sets stanzas 1-3

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Besorgt durch seine Freunde Friederich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg und Johann Heinrich Voß. Hamburg, bei Carl Ernst Bohn. 1783, page 167; with Poetische Blumenlese Auf das Jahr 1775. Göttingen und Gotha bey Johann Christian Dieterich, pages 210-211; and with Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty's Sämtliche Werke kritisch und chronologisch herausgegeben von Wilhelm Michael, Erster Band, Weimar, Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen, 1914, page 159.

1 Hölty, first edition: "Wenn"
2 Hölty, first edition: "blickt"
3 Hölty, first edition: "geußt"
4 Hölty's manuscript: "Überschattet"
5 Hölty's manuscript: "dunkle Gesträuche"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Authorship

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) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De meinacht", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , no title, copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) (Tsippora Samberg) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Notte di maggio", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "La notte di maggio", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alvaro De la Cruz) , "La noche de mayo", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Quan la lluna d’argent llueix a través...

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

Quan la lluna d’argent llueix a través del matossar
i escampa la seva llum somnolent damunt l’herbam,
i el rossinyol refila,
jo camino trist de matoll en matoll.

Aleshores penso que feliç ets, rossinyol que refiles,
perquè la teva companya viu amb tu en un niu
i al seu company cantaire li fa
milers de besades sinceres.

Embolcallats de fullatge, un parell de coloms parrupen
davant meu llur encís; però jo em giro d’esquena
cercant ombres més fosques
i vesso una solitària llàgrima.

Quan, oh imatge somrient que, resplendent com l’albada
travessant-me l’ànima, et trobaré en aquesta terra?
I la llàgrima solitària,
tremolosa i més ardent, cau per la meva galta.


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Translations of title(s):
"Wann der silberne Mond" = "Quan la lluna d'argent"
"Die Mainacht" = "La nit de maig"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776), "Die Mainacht", written 1774, first published 1775 DUT ENG FRE HEB ITA ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Max Joseph Beer, Johannes Brahms, Julius Janssen, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Wilhelm Rintel, Heinrich Schnell, Franz Peter Schubert, Thekla Schulz. Go to the text.

 

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