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Mach auf, mach auf, doch leise mein Kind

Language: German (Deutsch)

Mach auf, mach auf, doch leise mein Kind,
Um keinen vom Schlummer zu wecken.
Kaum murmelt der Bach, kaum zittert im Wind
Ein Blatt an den Büschen und Hecken.
Drum leise, mein Mädchen, daß [nichts sich]1 regt,
Nur leise die Hand auf die Klinke gelegt.

Mit Tritten, wie Tritte der Elfen so sacht,
[Die über die Blumen]2 hüpfen,
Flieg leicht hinaus in die Mondscheinnacht,
[Zu]3 mir in den Garten zu schlüpfen.
Rings schlummern die Blüten am rieselnden Bach 
Und duften im Schlaf, nur die Liebe ist wach.

Sitz nieder, hier dämmert's geheimnisvoll
Unter den Lindenbäumen,
Die Nachtigall uns zu Häupten soll
Von [unseren]4 Küssen träumen,
Und die Rose, wenn sie am Morgen erwacht,
Hoch glühn von den Wonnenschauern der Nacht.


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1 Pfitzner: "sich nichts"
2 Strauss: "Um über die Blumen zu"; Berger: "Die über Blumen"
3 Pfitzner: "Mit"
4 Berger: "unsern"

Submitted by Lawrence Snyder


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) , "Serenade", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lawrence Snyder) (Rebecca Plack) , "Serenade", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Paul England) , first published 1903
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Henri Masset) , "Sérénade"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Sérénade", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Serenata", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Serenata", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:48

Line count: 18
Word count: 120

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Come out! Come out! Step lightly, my...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Come out! Come out! Step lightly, my love,
Lest envious sleepers awaken;
So still is the air, no leaf on the boughs above
From its slumber is shaken,
Then lightly, dear maiden, that none may catch
The tap of thy shoe or the clink of the latch.
On tiptoe, on tiptoe, as moonspirits might,
Wandering over the flowers;
Come softly down through the radiant night
To me in the rosehidden bowers!
The lilies are dreaming around the dim lake
In odorous sleep; only love is awake.
Come nearer! Ah, see how the moonbeams fall
Through the willow's drooping tresses!
The nightingales in the branches all
Shall dream of our caresses,
And the roses, waking with morning light,
Flush red, with the rapture of the night!

About the headline (FAQ)

Note: published with the Strauss edition

Submitted by Harry Joelson


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Adolf Friedrich, Graf von Schack (1815 - 1894), "Ständchen", appears in Gedichte, in 1. Liebesgedichte und Lieder, first published 1866 DUT FRE FRE ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Eduard Behm, Wilhelm Reinhard Berger, Hugo Berger, Otto Dessoff, Rudolf Gritzner, Hans Harthan, Emil Hartmann, Philipp Hartung, Jindrich z Albestu Kaan, Robert Kahn, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Julius Schäffer, Johan Selmer, Richard Georg Strauss, Alexander Winterberger. Go to the text.

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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Text added to the website: 2008-03-15 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:38

Line count: 18
Word count: 125