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Hörst du nicht die Bäume rauschen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Hörst du nicht die Bäume rauschen
Draußen durch die stille Rund?
Lockts dich nicht, hinabzulauschen
Von dem Söller in den Grund,
Wo die vielen Bäche gehen
Wunderbar im Mondenschein
Wo die stillen Schlösser sehen
In den Fluß vom hohen Stein?

Kennst du noch die irren Lieder
Aus der alten, schönen Zeit?
Sie erwachen alle wieder
Nachts in Waldeseinsamkeit,
Wenn die Bäume träumend lauschen
Und der Flieder duftet schwül
Und im Fluß die Nixen rauschen -
Komm herab, hier ist's so kühl.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA

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Submitted by Jakob Kellner


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 © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Jakob Kellner) , "Can't you hear the forest rustle", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Henri Dupraz) , "N'entends-tu pas le murmure des arbres?", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Senti tu stormire gli alberi", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27
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Word count: 81

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Can't you hear the forest rustle

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Can't you hear the forest rustle
outside through the quiet round?
Aren't you tempted to listen
down from the balcony to the ground
where the many brooks flow
wondrously in moonlight -
where the silent castles look
into the river from the high rock?

Do you remember the mad songs
from former, beautiful times?
They all awake again at night,
in the loneliness of the forest,
when the dreaming trees are listening
and the lilac has a sultry scent
and in the river the mermaids murmur:
come down, here it is so cool.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857), "Lockung", appears in Gedichte, in 2. Sängerleben DUT FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich Böie, Joseph Dessauer, Gustav Eggers, Reinhold Fleischer, Miriam Gideon, Ferdinand von Hiller, Alexis Holländer, Bernhard Hopffer, Egon Kornauth, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Carl Mengewein, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Joseph Rheinberger, Heinrich von Sahr, Julius Stern, Rudolf Wurmb. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27
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Word count: 93