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Language: German (Deutsch)

   So nah, so ferne,
So tief, so hell,
Erschließt ihr Sterne
Des Lebens Quell.
   Das Auge schließt sich,
Die Seele wacht,
Und Andacht gießt sich
Durch's All der Nacht.
   Des Lichts Gewimmel
Glüht Lust-durchweht,
Und Erd' und Himmel
Flammt Ein Gebet.
   War es der Nachhall von dem Liede?
War es der Nacht geweihter Friede?
Im Blättersäuseln ertönt Gesang,
Maisuna's Name in Licht erklang.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Bilder des Orients von Heinrich Stieglitz, Erster Band, Leipzig, bei Carl Cnobloch, 1831, pages 78-79.

Submitted by John H. Campbell and Sharon Krebs [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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , title 1: "Night song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2015-06-24 07:58:58

Line count: 16
Word count: 64

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Night song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

So near, so far, 
so deep, so bright,
open up you stars, 
the very source of life.

His eyes close, 
his soul awakes,
and he sends a prayer 
out into the universe of night.

The swarming lights glow 
and swirl through the air,
and earth and heaven 
blaze in prayer.

Was it the resonance of the song?
Was it the night's sacred peace?
In the leaves a murmured chant sounds,
Maisuna's name in light was heard.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Stieglitz (1801 - 1849), "Nachtgesang"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich August Marschner. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2015-06-24 07:59:49

Line count: 16
Word count: 76