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Im Freien

Language: German (Deutsch)

Draussen in der weiten Nacht
Steh' ich wieder nun:
Ihre helle Sternenpracht
Läßt mein Herz nicht ruhn!

Tausend Arme winken mir
Süßbegehrend zu,
Tausend Stimmen rufen hier:
»Grüß dich, [Schwärmer]1, du!«

O ich weiß auch, was mich zieht,
Weiß auch, was mich ruft,
Was wie [Freundesgruß]2 und Lied
Locket durch die Luft.

Siehst du dort das Hüttchen stehn, 
Drauf der Mondschein ruht?
Durch die blanken Scheiben sehn
Augen, die mir gut!

Siehst du dort das Haus am Bach,
Das der Mond bescheint?
Unter seinem trauten Dach
Schläft mein liebster Freund.

Siehst du jenen Baum, der voll
Silberflocken flimmt?
O wie oft mein Busen schwoll,
Froher dort gestimmt!

Jedes Plätzchen, das mir winkt,
Ist ein lieber Platz;
Und wohin ein Strahl nur sinkt,
Lockt ein theurer Schatz.

Drum auch winkt mir's überall
So begehrend hier,
Drum auch ruft es, wie der Schall
Trauter Liebe mir.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Joh. Gabr. Seidl's Dichtungen. Zweiter Theil. Lieder der Nacht. [...] Von Johann Gabriel Seidl. Wien. Druck und Verlag von J. P. Sollinger. 1826, pages 45-46; and with Lieder der Nacht. Von Johann Gabriel Seidl. Zweite, verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage. Wien, 1851. Druck und Verlag von J. P. Sollinger's Witwe, pages 48-49.

1 Schubert: "Trauter"
2 Seidl (1851 edition), and Schubert: "Freundes Gruß"

Submitted by David Gordon 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) (Salvador Pila) , "A cel obert", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "In de vrije natuur", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Gordon) , "Courtship", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Dehors", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "All'aperto", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-10-09 13:54:36
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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Outside in the vast night
Now once more I stand;
Its bright, starry splendour
Grants my heart no peace.

A thousand arms beckon to me
With sweet longing
A thousand voices call to me:
'Greetings, thou dear friend!' 

Oh, I know what draws me,
What calls to me,
Like a friend's greeting, a song
Floating enticingly through the air.

Do you see there the cottage 
On which the moonlight is lingering?
From its sparkling windows gaze out
Fond eyes.

Do you see the house there by the brook,
Lit by the moon?
Beneath its homey roof
My dearest friend sleeps.

Do you see that tree,
Glittering with flakes of silver?
Oh, how often did my heart
Swell there with joy!

Every little place that beckons 
Is precious to me
And wherever a moonbeam falls,
Cherished treasure entices.

So everything here
Beckons to me with longing
And calls to me
With the sounds of true love.

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