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I arise from dreams of thee

Language: English

I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night,
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright:
I arise from dreams of thee,
And a spirit in my feet
[Has]1 led me - who knows how?
To thy chamber window, Sweet!

The wandering airs they faint
On the dark, the silent stream -
The Champak odours fail
Like sweet thoughts in a dream;
The nightingale's complaint,
It dies upon her heart; -
As I must die on thine,
O belovèd as thou art!

Oh lift me from the grass!
I die! I faint! I fail!
Let thy love in kisses rain
On my lips and eyelids pale.
My cheek is cold and white, alas!
My heart beats loud and fast; -
Oh! press it to thine own again,
Where it will break at last.

Translation(s): FRE GER GER GER GER ITA

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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)

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Indische Serenade", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:50
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Word count: 142

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Indische Serenade

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Ich erwach am Traum von Dir
im ersten süßen Schlaf der Nacht,
wenn die Winde leise atmen,
und im Glanz der Sternenpracht
wach ich auf am Traum von Dir,
und ein Geist lenkt meine Füße
wer weiß wie -- auf welchen Pfaden
an Dein Kammerfenster, Süße!

Streichende Winde verzagen
auf dem dunklen, stillen Strom;
Magnoliendüfte verwehen
wie süße Gedanken im Traum;
Der Nachtigall süß’ Klagen
erstirbt an ihrer Brust ;
wie, Liebste, ich, so wie du bist,
an deiner Brust ersterben muss!

O hilf mir auf vom Gras!
Ich sterbe, zage, stürze nieder!
Lass Deine Liebe Küsse regnen
auf meinen Mund und meine bleichen Lider.
Meine Wang’ ist kalt und blass!
Mein Herz pocht laut und hetzt;
Ach drücke es an Deines wieder,
wo es dann brechen wird zuletzt.

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Based on
  • a text in English by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822), "Lines to an Indian Air" FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Timothée Adamowski, Paul Ambrose, David Arditti, Mrs. Robert Arkwright , Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow, John G. Barnett, Jean-Pierre Barricelli, Ida Beaumont, Augusto Bendelari, Alfred William Bennett, William Henry Berwald, J. S. Beuthin, John W. Bischoff, Franz Carl Bornschein, Frank Herbert Brackett, Frederic Field Bullard, Noble Cain, John Spencer Camp, Orlando Canale, O. L. Carter, Horace Clark, Louis Adolphe Coerne, Frederick Shepherd Converse, Charles Whitney Coombs, Frederick Delius, John Woods Duke, Arthur Foote, Michael Head, Roger Quilter, Boleyne Reeves, Wilfred Sanderson, Max Wilhelm Karl Vogrich. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2004-05-26.
Last modified: 2015-10-26 17:08:18
Line count: 24
Word count: 128