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Nachts zu unbekannter Stunde

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nachts zu unbekannter Stunde
Flieht der liebe Lenz die Flur,
Küßt, was blüht, still in der Runde
Und verschwindet sonder Spur.

Rings von seinen Küssen prangen
Früh die Blumen hold verschämt,
Daß an ihrem Mund zu hangen,
Schmetterling sich nicht bezähmt.

Doch die Leute draußen sagen,
Daß der Lenz vorüber sei;
Und an wetterheißen Tagen
Kennt man Sommers Tyrannei.

Und wir denken dran beklommen,
Daß der Lenz so heimlich floh;
Daß er Abschied nicht genommen,
Ach! das läßt uns nimmer froh.

Also schmerzt es, geht das erste
Lieb ohn' Abschied von uns fort.
Ruhig trügen wir das Schwerste,
Spräch' sie aus das Scheidewort.

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) (Harald Krebs) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Disparition secrète", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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By night at an unknown hour

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

By night at an unknown hour
Springtime flees the meadow,
Quietly kisses everything that blooms all around
And disappears without a trace.

Early [in the morning], the flowers
Flaunt the kisses [of spring] in demure loveliness,
So that the butterfly cannot restrain itself
 From hanging on [the flowers'] lips.

But people say
That spring is over;
And that in the days of hot weather
One recognizes summer's tyranny.

And, oppressed, we remember
That spring fled so secretively,
That [spring] did not take farewell.
Ah! Knowing this, we can never be happy.

In the same way it pains us when our first love
Deserts us without taking leave.
We could quietly bear the worst
If she only pronounced a word of farewell.

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Translation of title "Heimliches Verschwinden" = "Secret vanishing"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2006 by Sharon Krebs and Harald Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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