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Wie liegt im Mondenlichte

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie liegt im [Mondenlichte]1
Begraben nun die Welt;
Wie selig ist der Friede,
Der sie umfangen hält! 

Die Winde müssen schweigen,
So sanft ist dieser Schein;
Sie säuseln nur und weben
Und schlafen endlich ein. 

Und was in Tagesgluten
Zur Blüte nicht erwacht,
Es öffnet seine Kelche
Und duftet in die Nacht. 

Wie bin ich solchen Friedens
Seit lange nicht gewohnt! 
Sei du in meinem Leben
Der liebevolle Mond!

Translation(s): FRE

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1 Bade: "Mondenscheine"; further changes may exist not shown above.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Rohan Srinivasan [Guest Editor]


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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La lumière de la lune", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2018-09-02 17:45:34
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La lumière de la lune

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

Maintenant, sous la lumière de la lune
Le monde est comme enseveli ;
Bienheureuse est la paix
Qui le tient embrassé.

Les vents ne peuvent que se taire
Tant est délicate cette lumière ;
Ils bruissent seulement, puis s'éveillent
Et finalement s'endorment.

Et ce qui dans l'ardeur du jour
Ne s'est ni éveillé ni éclos,
Ouvre son calice
Et parfume la nuit.

Cela fait si longtemps
Qu'une telle paix ne m'a habité !
Sois dans ma vie
La lune emplie d'amour !

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888), "Mondlicht"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jan van Amerongen, Heinrich, Freiherr von Bach, as Heinrich Molbe, Philipp Bade, Ernst Adolf Boehe, Bertold Hummel, Fritz Kögel, Eduard Stocker, Max Wilhelm Karl Vogrich, Adolf Wallnöfer. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-09-02.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:59
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Word count: 82