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Ich reit' ins finstre Land hinein

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich reit' ins finstre Land hinein, 
Nicht Mond noch Sterne geben Schein, 
Die kalten Winde tosen. 
Oft hab' ich diesen Weg gemacht, 
Wann goldner Sonnenschein gelacht, 
Bei lauer Lüfte Kosen.

Ich reit' am finstern Garten hin, 
Die dürren Bäume sausen drin, 
Die welken Blätter fallen. 
Hier pflegt' ich in der Rosenzeit, 
Wann alles sich der Liebe weiht, 
Mit meinem Lieb zu wallen.

Erloschen ist der Sonne Strahl, 
Verwelkt die Rosen allzumal, 
Mein Lieb zu Grab' getragen. 
Ich reit' ins finstre Land hinein 
Im Wintersturm, ohn' allen Schein, 
Den Mantel umgeschlagen.

Translation(s): FRE

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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)

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Voyage de nuit", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2015-01-28 10:00:46
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Word count: 90

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Voyage de nuit

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Je chevauche dans un sombre pays,
Ni la lune, ni les étoiles n'éclairent,
Les vent froids hurlent.
J'ai souvent fait ce chemin,
Lorsque souriait le soleil,
Sous les caresses de tièdes brises.

Je passe un sombre jardin,
Les arbres sec y grondent,
Les feuilles mortes tombent.
Ici, au temps des roses, je l'ai soigné,
Quand tout se consacrait à l'amour,
Et que bouillonnait mon amour.

Les rayons du soleil se sont éteints,
Les roses toutes ensembles se sont fanées,
Mon amour porté au tombeau.
Je chevauche par le sombre pays,
Sous la tempête de l'hiver, sans clarté aucune,
Emmitouflé dans mon manteau.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862), "Nachtreise", written 1811, appears in Lieder, in Wanderlieder, no. 5, first published 1815
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): C. Altenburg, Charles Ainslie Barry, Eduard Behm, Rudolph Bergh, Carl Bohm, Norbert Burgmüller, Carl Collischonn, Franz Dannehl, Constantin Decker, Friedrich August Dressler, Wilhelm Eckardt, Adolf von Eckenbrecher, Gustav Erlanger, Robert Fuchs, Franz Xaver Gruber, Henry Hepple, Heinrich Karl Johann Hofmann, Alexis Holländer, Gustave Léon Huberti, Theodor Kewitsch, Joseph Klein, Conradin Kreutzer, Johann Friedrich Bonneval de La Trobe, Gustav Lazarus, Victor August Loser, Louis Marek, Ödön von Mihalovich, Emil Nauwerk, Willem Frederick Gerard Nicolai, Vitězslav Augustín Rudolf Novák, Franz Radnitzky, Franz Joseph Schütky, J. Sipergk, Robert Steuer, Leopold Carl Wolf, Felix von Woyrsch. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-01-08 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:03
Line count: 18
Word count: 102