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Im Mondschein

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich dachte gestern nacht,
die Sterne müssten singen,
als ich aufwacht
und es leise hörte klingen.

Es war aber eine Handharfe,
die durch die Räume drang,
und durch die kalte, scharfe
Nacht klang es so bang.

Dachte so verlornem Ringen,
Gebeten und Flüchen nach,
und noch lange hört' ich es singen,
lag lang noch wach.

Translation(s): ENG

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "In moonlight", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-08-18.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:27
Line count: 12
Word count: 55

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In moonlight

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I thought the other night
it was as if the stars were singing,
when I woke from a light
yet constant ringing.

It was a concertina, though,
spreading through the rooms,
and through the cold and biting
night an anxiousness was wafting.

Was poring over struggles lost,
prayers, maledictions,
and long I heard the singing,
still lay awake for long.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2009 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Robert Walser (1878 - 1956)
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Daniel Glaus, Heinz Holliger. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-09-09.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:21
Line count: 12
Word count: 60