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Nacht ist wie ein stilles Meer

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nacht ist wie ein stilles Meer,
Lust und Leid und Liebesklagen
Kommen so verworren her
In dem linden Wellenschlagen.

Wünsche wie die Wolken sind,
Schiffen durch die [stillen]1 Räume,
Wer erkennt im lauen Wind,
Ob's Gedanken oder Träume? --

Schließ' ich nun auch Herz und Mund,
Die so gern den Sternen klagen,
Leise doch im Herzensgrund
Bleibt das linde Wellenschlagen.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA

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First published in Dichter und ihre Gesellen, 1833
1 Rheinberger: "leeren"

Submitted by Emily Ezust

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Night is like a quiet sea", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La nuit", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "La notte è come un mare calmo", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title 1: "La nit", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (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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La nuit

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

La nuit est comme une mer silencieuse,
La joie et le chagrin et les plaintes de l'amour
Arrivent si embrouillées ici
Dans le doux battement des vagues.

Les souhaits sont comme des nuages,
Qui naviguent à travers l'espace silencieux,
Qui peut reconnaître dans le vent tiède
Si ce sont des pensées ou des rêves ?

Même si je ferme mon cœur et ma bouche,
Qui si volontiers se sont plaints aux étoiles,
Sans bruit pourtant au fond du cœur
Il reste le doux battement des vagues.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857), "Die Nachtblume", appears in Gedichte, in 4. Frühling und Liebe CAT DUT ENG ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ernst Bacon, Walter Braunfels, Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg, Karl Horwitz, Egon Kornauth, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Paul Müller-Zürich, Josef Reiter, Joseph Rheinberger, Hugo Wolf, Josef Venantius von Wöss. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2010-01-27.
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