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Des Abends kann ich nicht schlafen gehn

Language: German (Deutsch)

 Des Abends kann ich nicht schlafen gehn,
 Zu meiner Herzliebsten muß ich gehn,
 Zu meiner Herzliebsten muß ich gehn,
 Und sollt' ich an der Tür bleiben stehn,
 Ganz heimelig!

 »Wer ist denn da? Wer klopfet an,
 Der mich so leis aufwecken kann?«
 Das ist der Herzallerliebste dein,
 Steh auf, mein Schatz, und laß mich ein,
 Ganz heimelig!

 Wenn alle Sterne Schreiber gut,
 Und alle Wolken Papier dazu,
 So sollten sie schreiben der Lieben mein,
 Sie brächten die Lieb' in den Brief nicht ein,
 Ganz heimelig!

 Ach, hätt' ich Federn wie ein Hahn
 Und könnt' ich schwimmen wie ein Schwan,
 So wollt' ich schwimmen wohl über den Rhein,
 Hin zu der Herzallerliebsten mein,
 Ganz heimelig!

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: "At evening, I cannot sleep", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (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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Word count: 115

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At evening, I cannot sleep

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

At evening, I cannot sleep,
To my sweetheart must I go,
To my sweetheart I must go,
And I must stand at her door,
Quite secretly!

"Who's there, then? Who is knocking,
Who can awaken me so gently?"
It is your sweetheart,
Get up, my treasure, and let me in,
Quite secretly!

If all the stars were good scribes,
And all the clouds were made of paper,
And they were to write to my love,
They could not summarize my love in one letter,
Quite secretly!

Ah, had I feathers like a rooster,
And could swim as does a swan,
Then I would swimm across the Rhine
To see my heart's beloved,
Quite secretly!

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , from Deutsche Volkslieder, Kretzschmer, Zuccalmaglio: Berlin, first published 1838-40 DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johannes Brahms, Alfred Kohl. 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: 114