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Mach auf, mach auf, doch leise mein Kind

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mach auf, mach auf, doch leise mein Kind,
Um keinen vom Schlummer zu wecken.
Kaum murmelt der Bach, kaum zittert im Wind
Ein Blatt an den Büschen und Hecken.
Drum leise, mein Mädchen, daß [nichts sich]1 regt,
Nur leise die Hand auf die Klinke gelegt.

Mit Tritten, wie Tritte der Elfen so sacht,
[Die über die Blumen]2 hüpfen,
Flieg leicht hinaus in die Mondscheinnacht,
[Zu]3 mir in den Garten zu schlüpfen.
Rings schlummern die Blüten am rieselnden Bach 
Und duften im Schlaf, nur die Liebe ist wach.

Sitz nieder, hier dämmert's geheimnisvoll
Unter den Lindenbäumen,
Die Nachtigall uns zu Häupten soll
Von [unseren]4 Küssen träumen,
Und die Rose, wenn sie am Morgen erwacht,
Hoch glühn von den Wonnenschauern der Nacht.


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

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1 Pfitzner: "sich nichts"
2 Strauss: "Um über die Blumen zu"; Berger: "Die über Blumen"
3 Pfitzner: "Mit"
4 Berger: "unsern"

Submitted by Lawrence Snyder

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Serenade", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lawrence Snyder) (Rebecca Plack) , "Serenade", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Paul England) , first published 1903
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Henri Masset) , "Sérénade"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Sérénade", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Serenata", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Serenata", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:48
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Word count: 120

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Serenade

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Open up, open, but softly my dear,
So as to wake no one from sleep.
The brook hardly murmers, the wind hardly shakes
A leaf on bush or hedge.
So, softly, my maiden, so that nothing stirs,
Just lay your hand softly on the doorlatch.

With steps as soft as the footsteps of elves,
Soft enough to hop over the flowers,
Fly lightly out into the moonlit night,
To steal to me in the garden.
The flowers are sleeping along the rippling brook,
Fragrant in sleep, only love is awake.

Sit, here it darkens mysteriously
Beneath the lindens,
The nightingale over our heads
Shall dream of our kisses,
And the rose, when it wakes in the morning,
Shall glow from the wondrous passions of the night.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Adolf Friedrich, Graf von Schack (1815 - 1894), "Ständchen", appears in Gedichte, in 1. Liebesgedichte und Lieder, first published 1866 DUT FRE FRE ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Eduard Behm, Wilhelm Reinhard Berger, Hugo Berger, Otto Dessoff, Rudolf Gritzner, Hans Harthan, Emil Hartmann, Philipp Hartung, Jindrich z Albestu Kaan, Robert Kahn, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Julius Schäffer, Johan Selmer, Richard Georg Strauss, Alexander Winterberger. Go to the text.

 

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:48
Line count: 18
Word count: 126