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Säus'le, liebe Myrthe!

Language: German (Deutsch)

Säus'le, liebe Myrthe!
Wie still ist's in der Welt,
Der Mond, der Sternenhirte
Auf klarem Himmelsfeld,
Treibt schon die Wolkenschafe
Zum Born des Lichtes hin,
Schlaf, mein Freund, o schlafe,
Bis ich wieder bei dir bin!

Säus'le, liebe Myrthe!
Und träum' im Sternenschein,
Die Turteltaube girrte
Auch ihre Brut schon ein.
Still ziehn die Wolkenschafe
Zum Born des Lichtes hin,
Schlaf, mein Freund, o schlafe,
Bis ich wieder bei dir bin!

Hörst du, wie die Brunnen rauschen?
Hörst du, wie die Grille zirpt?
Stille, stille, laß uns lauschen,
Selig, wer in Träumen stirbt;
Selig, wen die Wolken wiegen,
[Wenn]1 der Mond ein Schlaflied singt;
O! wie selig kann der fliegen,
Dem der Traum den Flügel schwingt,
Daß an blauer Himmelsdecke
Sterne er wie Blumen pflückt;
Schlafe, träume, flieg, ich wecke
Bald dich auf und bin beglückt!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Clemens Brentano's gesammelte schriften. Zweiter Band. Weltliche Gedichte, ed. by Christian Brentano, Frankfurt am Main, J. D. Sauerländer's Verlag, 1852, pages 441-442.

Note: the spelling of "Myrthe" has undergone a few spelling reforms, and might be seen variously as "Myrte" or "Mirte".

1 In many later editions of Brentano, this is changed to "wem". Strauss uses the original "wenn".

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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) , "Ruis maar, lieve mirte!", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Rustle, dear myrtle!", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Frémit, cher myrte !", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Sussurra, caro mirto!", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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