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Sterne mit den goldnen Füßchen

Language: German (Deutsch)

   Sterne mit den goldnen Füßchen,
Wandeln droben bang und sacht,
Daß sie nicht die Erde wecken
Die da schläft im Schoß der Nacht.
   Horchend stehn die stummen Wälder,
Jedes Blatt ein grünes Ohr!
Und der Berg, wie träumend streckt er
Seinen Schattenarm hervor.
   Doch was rief [dort]1? In mein Herze
Dringt der Töne Widerhall.
War es der Geliebten Stimme,
Oder [nur]2 die Nachtigall?


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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine’s sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden, herausgegeben von Otto F. Lachmann, Erster Band, Leipzig: Druck und Verlag von Philipp Reclam jun., [no year], page 251

1 Franz, Wolf: "es"
2 Franz, Wolf: "war's"

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  • ENG English [singable] (John Sullivan Dwight) , "Stars with little golden feetlet"
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Stelle dalle zampette d'oro", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Stars with golden feet are wand'ring

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Staes with golden feet are wand'ring
  Yonder, and they gently weep 
That they cannot earth awaken,
  Who in night's arms is asleep.

List'ning stand the silent forests,
  Every leaf an ear doth seem!
How its shadowy arm the mountain 
  Stretcheth out, as though in dream! 

What call'd yonder? In my bosom 
  Rings the echo of the tone. 
Was it my beloved one speaking,
  Or the nightingale alone?

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Neue Gedichte, in Neuer Frühling, no. 37 FRE ITA ITA ROM
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Wilhelm Abt, F. W. Behrends, Jan Bernard H. Bremer, Nicolae Bretan, Salomon Burckhardt, Robert Emmerich, Robert Franz, Gerald M. Ginsburg, Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffmann, Ludwig Hartmann, Gustav Hasse, Johann Herbeck, Ferdinand von Hiller, Friedrich Hinrichs, Franz von Holstein, Robert von Hornstein, Arno Kleffel, Erik Meyer-Helmund, C. F. Seidel, Adam Southall, Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir, Wolfgang Ulrich, Paul Umlauft, Mario Van Overeem, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Hermann Wichmann, Hugo Wolf, Hermann Wolff, A. F. Wustrow. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2013-09-26.
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