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Komm, Liebchen! es neigen

Language: German (Deutsch)

   Komm, Liebchen! es neigen
Die Wälder sich dir;
Und alles mit Schweigen
Erwartet dich hier.
   Der Himmel, ich bitte,
Von Wölkchen wie leer!
Der Mond in der Mitte,
Die Sternlein umher!
   Der Himmel im glatten
[Umdämmerten]1 Quell!
Dies Plätzchen im Schatten,
Dies andre so hell!
   Im Schatten, der Liebe
Dich lockendes Glück;
Dir flüsternd: Es [bliebe]2
Noch vieles zurück.
   Es [blieben]3 der süßen
Geheimnisse viel;
So festes Umschliessen;
So wonniges Spiel!
   Da rauscht es! da wanken
Auf jeglichem Baum
Die Aeste; da [schwanken]4
Die [Vögel]5 im Traum.
   Dies Wanken, dies Zittern
Der Blätter [im]6 Teich -- --
O Liebe! dein Wittern!
O Liebe, dein Reich!

Translation(s): CZE ENG

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Confirmed with Iris, Des achten Bandes drittes Stück, Berlin: bey Haude und Spener, 1776, pages 960-961; title in this edition is "Abends". Later publications use "Einladung".

1 Lang, Smetena: "Und dämmerden"
2 Lang: "bleibe"
3 Lang: "bleiben"
4 Lang: "wanken"
5 Lang: "Vöglein"
6 Smetena: "am"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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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  • Also set in Czech (Čeština), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG by Bedřich Smetana.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2006-11-13.
Last modified: 2016-05-02 12:30:24
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Word count: 104

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Come, darling! the forests

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

  Come, darling! the forests
Are inclining themselves toward you,
And everything awaits you
In silence here!
   The heavens, I beg you,
How empty they are of clouds!
The moon in the middle,
The stars all around!
   The heavens [reflected]
In the unruffled [spring surrounded by twilight]1,
This place in the shade,
This other [place] so bright!
   In the shadow, love’s
Delight that entices you;
Whispering to you
That much [would still remain]1 to be discovered.
   There [would remain]2
So many sweet secrets;
Such a tight embracing;
Such blissful play!
   There is soughing! there tremble
Upon every tree
The branches; there sway
The [birds]3 in their dreams.
   This swaying, this trembling
Of the leaves [in]3 the pond -- --
Oh, Love, your premonitions,
Oh, Love, your realm!

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Translated titles:
"Abends" = "In the evening"
"Einladung" = "Invitation"
"Komm Liebchen" = "Come, darling"

1 Lang, Smetena: "and twilit"
2 Lang: "still remain"
3 Lang: "little birds"
3 Lang: "remain"
4 Smetena: "by"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Georg Jacobi (1740 - 1814), title 1: "Einladung", title 2: "Abends", appears in Iris CZE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Josephine Lang, Bedřich Smetana, Anton Urspruch. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2006-11-13.
Last modified: 2016-05-02 12:32:00
Line count: 28
Word count: 125