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Die Höh'n und Wälder schon steigen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Höh'n und Wälder [schon]1 steigen
Immer tiefer in's Abendgold;
Ein Vöglein [frägt]2 in den Zweigen
Ob es Liebchen grüssen sollt'?

O Vöglein, du hast dich betrogen,
Sie wohnet nicht mehr im Tal,
Schwing' auf dich zum Himmelsbogen,
Grüss' sie droben zum letztenmal.

Translation(s): CAT ENG FRE

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1 omitted by Zemlinsky.
2 Franz: "fragt" (typo?)

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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) , "Bona nit", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Bonne nuit", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The heights and forests already climb

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The heights and forests already climb
Ever deeper into the evening gold;
A little bird asks in the branches
Whether it should greet [its] sweetheart?

Oh little bird, you have deceived yourself,
She lives no more in the valley,
Soar upon heaven’s vault,
Greet her up there [for the] last time.

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Translations of title(s):
"Gut' Nacht" = "Good night"
"Die Höh'n und Wälder schon steigen" = "The heights and forests already climb"
"Gute Nacht" = "Good night"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2019 by Garrett Medlock, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857), "Gute Nacht", appears in Gedichte, in 5. Totenopfer CAT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich Bellermann, John Böie, Oskar Bolck, Ferdinand Debois, Heinrich Esser, Robert Franz, Albin Fries, E. Fromm, Georg Hering, Wilhelm Martens, Richard Metzdorff, Edwin Schultz, Josef Stritzko, Anton Urspruch, Alexander Zemlinsky. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-01-03.
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