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Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer

Language: German (Deutsch)

Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer,
Nur wie Schleier liegt mein Kummer
  Zitternd über mir.
Oft im Traume hör' ich dich
Rufen drauß vor [meiner]1 Tür:
Niemand wacht und öffnet dir,
  Ich erwach' und weine bitterlich.

Ja, ich werde sterben müssen,
Eine Andre wirst du küssen,
  Wenn ich bleich und kalt.
Eh' die Maienlüfte [wehen,]2
Eh' die Drossel singt im Wald:
Willst du [einmal noch mich sehen]3,
  [Komm, o komme bald!]4

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA

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1 Orff: "der"
2 Brahms: "wehn"
3 Brahms: "mich noch einmal sehn"; Hiller, Orff, Pfitzner: "mich noch einmal sehen"
4 Thuille: "Komme bald, o komme, komme bald!"

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) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "My slumber grows ever more peaceful", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il mio sonno diventa sempre più leggero", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (unknown or anonymous translator) , "Mi reposo se hace más y más quedo", written 2009

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:39
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Il mio sonno diventa sempre più leggero

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Il mio sonno diventa sempre più leggero,
e il mio dolore sembra posarsi come un velo,
sopra di me, fluttuando.
Spesso mi sembra in sogno di sentire
Te che fuori dalla porta mi stai chiamando.
Nessuno veglia e viene ad aprire,
Io mi sveglio e amaramente piango.
Sì, io dovrò presto  morire,
e un'altra donna ti toccherà baciare,
quando avrò il volto pallido e freddo.
Prima che spirino le brezze di Maggio,
prima che nel bosco torni a cantare il tordo:
se vuoi vedermi ancora una volta,
allora affrettati, e da me ritorna!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann von Lingg (1820 - 1905), "Lied", from Gedichte, Stuttgart and Augsburg, first published 1857 DUT ENG FRE SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wilhelm Reinhard Berger, Wenzel Theodor Bradsky, Johannes Brahms, Otto Dorn, Robert Emmerich, Pauline von Erdmannsdörfer-Fichtner, née Oprawill, Ludwig von Erlanger, Jakob Fischer, Gustav Hasse, Eduard Hille, Ferdinand von Hiller, Franz von Holstein, Robert von Hornstein, Wilhelm Kienzl, Ferdinand von Liliencron, Carl Orff, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Rudolph, Freiherr von Procházka, Louis Victor Franz Saar, Hans Schmitt, Richard Georg Strauss, Joseph Sulzer, Ludwig Wilhelm Andreas Maria Thuille, Nicolai von Wilm, Alexander Winterberger, Franz Wüllner, Erich Zeisl. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-05-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:14
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