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Whenever the moon and the stars are set

Language: English

Whenever the moon and the stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.

Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,

By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again.

Translation(s): FRE FRE GER

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Maurice Léna (1859 - 1928) GER by Reynaldo Hahn.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Sylvain Labartette) , "Nuit venteuse", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:50
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Word count: 83

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Nuit venteuse

Language: French (Français) after the English

Quand la lune et les étoiles sont présentes,
Quand le vent est fort,
Toute la nuit, dans l'obscurité et l'humidité
Un homme chevauche non loin.

Tard dans la nuit, quand les feux sont éteints
Pourquoi galope-t-il encor et encor?
Toujours quand les arbres gémissent
Et que les bateaux tanguent sur la mer,

Là, sur la grand'route, et bruyamment
Là, il chevauche au galop.
Là, il galope, et alors
Il revient au galop, encor.

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Based on
  • a text in English by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), "Windy nights", appears in A Child's Garden of Verses, first published 1885 GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Herbert Kennedy Andrews, Mark Andrews, Armand Balendonck, Margaret Peddle Bodde, Houston Bright, Harry Brook, Ethel Crowningshield, Vladimir Drozdoff, Edward Falk, John Herbert Foulds, Frederica Elvira Gambogi, Norman Gilbert, George Alfred Grant-Schaefer, Reynaldo Hahn, Colin Hand, Derek Holman, Daniel Gregory Mason, Jan Masséus, Roger Quilter, Marvin Radnor, Harold William Rhodes, Teresa del Riego, John Rutter, CBE, Beatrice Macgowan Scott, Eleanor Smith, Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-11-15.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:29
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Word count: 73