Translation © by Amelia Maria Imbarrato

Mach auf, mach auf, doch leise mein Kind
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA
Mach auf, mach auf, doch leise mein Kind,
Um keinen vom Schlummer zu wecken.
Kaum murmelt der Bach, kaum zittert im Wind
Ein Blatt an den Büschen und Hecken.
Drum leise, mein Mädchen, daß [nichts sich]1 regt,
Nur leise die Hand auf die Klinke gelegt.

Mit Tritten, wie Tritte der Elfen so sacht,
[Die über die Blumen]2 hüpfen,
Flieg leicht hinaus in die Mondscheinnacht,
[Zu]3 mir in den Garten zu schlüpfen.
Rings schlummern die Blüten am rieselnden Bach 
Und duften im Schlaf, nur die Liebe ist wach.

Sitz nieder, hier dämmert's geheimnisvoll
Unter den Lindenbäumen,
Die Nachtigall uns zu Häupten soll
Von [unseren]4 Küssen träumen,
Und die Rose, wenn sie am Morgen erwacht,
Hoch glühn von den Wonnenschauern der Nacht.

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1 Pfitzner: "sich nichts"
2 Strauss: "Um über die Blumen zu"; Berger: "Die über Blumen"
3 Pfitzner: "Mit"
4 Berger: "unsern"

Authorship

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Serenade", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lawrence Snyder) (Rebecca Plack) , "Serenade", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Paul England) , first published 1903
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Henri Masset) , "Sérénade"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Sérénade", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Serenata", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Serenata", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Lawrence Snyder
Serenata
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Apri, apri, ma piano, bimba mia,
per non svegliare nessuno,
mormora appena il ruscello, trema appena nel vento
una foglia fra cespugli e siepi.
Allora piano, bimba mia, che nulla si muova,
metti piano la mano sulla maniglia.

Con passi, come i passi delicati degli elfi
che camminano sui fiori,
vola leggera fuori nel chiaro di luna,
e vieni furtiva da me nel giardino.
Intorno dormono i fiori sul ruscello che scorre
e profumano nel sonno, solo l'amore è sveglio.

Siediti, qui la luce notturna
è piena di mistero,
sotto i tigli, l'usignolo sulle nostre teste
sognerà dei nostri baci,
e la rosa, quando si desterà al mattino,
sarà tutta ardente del brivido di voluttà della notte.

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