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Die Schleiche singt ihr Nachtgebet

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Schleiche singt ihr Nachtgebet,
die Waldgeiß staunend vor ihr steht.

Die Waldgeiß schüttelt ihren Bart
wie ein Magister hochgelahrt.

Sie weiß nicht, was die Schleiche singt,
sie hört nur, daß es lieblich klingt.

Die Schleiche fällt in Schlaf alsbald.
Die Geiß geht sinnend durch den Wald.

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2005
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chèvre et lézard", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-07-07 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-08-25 01:22:18

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The lizard sings its nightly prayer

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The lizard sings its nightly prayer,
the forest goat stands astounded before it.

The goat shakes its beard
like some erudite scholar.

[The goat] does not know what the lizard is singing -
it is aware only that it sounds lovely.

The lizard falls asleep shortly.
The goat walks pensively through the forest.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2005 by Emily Ezust

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914), "Geiß und Schleiche", appears in Galgenlieder FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Richard Farber, Ralf Albert Franz, Paul Hermann Franz Graener, Hans Krása, Rudi Spring, Ernest Vietor. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2005-10-12 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:15

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