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Komm, o Tod, von Nacht umgeben

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Spanish (Español)

Komm, o Tod, von Nacht umgeben,
leise komm zu mir gegangen,
daß die Lust, dich zu umfangen,
nicht zurück mich ruf' ins Leben.

Komm, so wie der Blitz uns rühret,
den der Donner nicht verkündet,
bis er plötzlich sich entzündet
und den Schlag gedoppelt führet.

Also seist du mir gegeben,
plötzlich stillend mein Verlangen,
daß die Lust, dich zu umfangen,
nicht zurück mich ruf' ins Leben.

Translation(s): 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: "Come, O death, surrounded by night", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Viens, ô mort, entourée de la nuit", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-20 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:00

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Come, O death, surrounded by night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Come, O death, surrounded by night,
Come gently to me,
So that the desire to embrace you
Will not call me back to life.

Come, just as we might be struck by lightning
That thunder does not announce,
That ignites suddenly 
And deals its blow with doubled force.

So may you be granted me,
Abruptly silencing my yearning,
So that the desire to embrace you
Will not call me back to life.

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Text added to the website: 2015-01-20 00:00:00.

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