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Soll sich der Mond nicht heller scheinen

Language: German (Deutsch)

"Soll sich der Mond nicht heller scheinen,
Soll sich die Sonn' nicht früh aufgehn,
So will ich diese Nacht gehn freien,
Wie ich zuvor auch hab' getan."

Als er wohl auf die Gasse trat,
Da fing er an ein Lied und sang,
Er sang aus schöner, aus heller Stimme,
Daß sein fein's Lieb zum Bett aussprang.

"Steh still, steh still, mein feines Lieb,
Steh still, steh still und rühr dich nicht,
Sonst weckst du Vater, sonst weckst du Mutter,
Das ist uns beiden nicht wohlgetan."

"Was frag' ich nach Vater, was frag' ich nach Mutter,
Vor deinem Schlaffenster muß ich stehn,
Ich will mein schönes Lieb anschauen,
Um das ich muß so ferne gehn."

Da standen die zwei wohl beieinander
Mit ihren zarten Mündelein,
Der Wächter blies wohl in sein Hörnelein,
Ade, es muß geschieden sein.

Ach, Scheiden, Scheiden über Scheiden,
Scheiden tut meinem jungen Herzen weh,
Daß ich mein schön Herzlieb muß meiden,
Das vergeß' ich nimmermehr.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "If the moon doesn't shine more brightly", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Voor het venster", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:54
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If the moon doesn't shine more brightly

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

"If the moon doesn't shine more brightly,
If the sun doesn't rise early,
Then I will this night go courting,
As I have done before."

When he had stepped out into the street,
There he began a song, and sang;
He sang with a beautiful, bright voice,
So that his sweetheart sprang out of her bed.

"Be still, be still, my sweetheart!
Be still, be still, and do not stir,
Or you'll wake up Father or Mother,
And that is not good for either of us!"

"What do I care for your father or mother?
In front of your bedroom window I must stand.
I want to gaze upon my pretty love,
For whose sake I must go so far away."

The two stood side by side,
With their gentle little mouths;
Then the watchman blew his horn.
Adieu - we must part!

Parting, parting time again,
Parting hurts my young heart so!
That I am forced to flee from my pretty darling,
I will never forget.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , from Karl Simrock's collection Die deutschen Volkslieder, Frankfurt am Main, first published 1851 DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johannes Brahms. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:54
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Word count: 167