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Nachtstück

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Wann]1 über Berge sich der Nebel breitet,
Und Luna mit Gewölken kämpft,
So nimmt der Alte seine [Harf']2, und schreitet,
Und singt waldeinwärts und gedämpft:
      "Du heil'ge Nacht!
      Bald ist's vollbracht.
      Bald schlaf ich ihn
      Den langen Schlummer,
      Der mich erlöst 
      Von [jedem]3 Kummer."
   Die grünen Bäume rauschen dann,
   Schlaf süß du guter alter Mann;
   Die Gräser lispeln wankend fort,
   Wir decken seinen Ruheort;
   Und mancher [traute]4 Vogel ruft,
   O [laßt]5 ihn ruh'n in Rasengruft! -

Der Alte horcht, der Alte schweigt -
Der Tod hat sich zu ihm geneigt.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Johann Mayrhofer. Wien. Bey Friedrich Volke. 1824, page 12.

1 Schubert: "Wenn"
2 Schubert: "Harfe"
3 Schubert: "allem"
4 Schubert: "liebe"
5 Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "laß"

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Nocturn", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Nachtstuk", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Nocturne", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Nocturne", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Pupillo) (Claretta Manara) , "Notturno", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , "Nocturno", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Nocturne

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

Quand au-dessus des montagnes la brume s'étend,
Et la lune se bat contre les nuages,
Alors le vieil homme prend sa harpe et s'avance
Et chante vers la forêt et à voix basse :

"Toi, sainte nuit :
Bientôt ce sera fini,
Bientôt je dormirai du long sommeil,
Qui me libèrera de toute peine."

Les arbres verts murmurent alors :
"Dors doucement, toi, bon et viel homme ;"
Les herbes chuchotent en vacillant :
"Nous couvrirons l'endroit de ton repos ;"

Et maint oiseau appelle :
"Oh, qu'il se repose dans sa tombe engazonnée !"
Le vieil homme entend, le vieil homme se tait ;
La mort s'est inclinée devant lui.


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Text added to the website: 2010-01-16.
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