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Language: German (Deutsch)

Im Mondgeflimmer, 
im Zauberschimmer 
führen die Elfen den Reigen;
fernher leise 
fröhliche Weise 
tönen klingende Geigen.

Zur Schenke hin
mit stürmenden Sinn
eilt der Forstmann durch nächtlichen Wald.
Im Dorf bei Tanz
und Kerzenglanz
jubelnde Freude erschallt.

ein Mädchen blickt,
vom Tanze die Wangen so rot.
Ein bleich' Gesicht
im Mondenlicht 
küssen die lachenden Elfen zu Tod.

Translation(s): ENG

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Submitted by Peter Donderwinkel


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) , "Horrific episode", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:38
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Word count: 58

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Horrific episode

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

In the flicker of moonlight,
In the shimmer of magic
The elves dance the roundelay;
From far away, quietly,
A merry tune
Is played by resounding violins.

To the tavern
With a stormy spirit
The forester hastens through the nighttime woods.
In the village by dancing
And candle-glow
Rejoicing happiness rings out.

In the coils of yearning
A maiden gazes forth,
Her cheeks so red from the dance.
A pale face
In the moonlight,
The laughing elves kiss it to death.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Dora Leen (d. 194?)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Schreker. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-08-09.
Last modified: 2018-08-09 18:43:18
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Word count: 81