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Ich hab ihn im Schlafe zu sehen gemeint

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich hab ihn im [Schlafe]1 zu sehen gemeint,
Noch sträubt vor Entsetzen mein Haar sich empor,
O hätt ich doch schlaflos die Nacht durchweint,
Wie manche der Nächte zuvor!

Ich sah ihn verstört, [zerrissen]2 und bleich,
Wie er in den Sand zu schreiben schien,
Er schrieb unsre Namen, ich kannt es gleich,
Da hab ich wohl laut [geschrien]3.

Er fuhr zusammen, [vom]4 Schrei erschreckt
Und blickte mich an verstummt wie das Grab,
Ich hielt ihm die Arme entgegengestreckt,
Und er -- er wandte sich ab.

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE

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1 de Lange: "Traume"
2 Mandyczewski: "verrissen"
3 Bergh: "geschrieen"
4 Mandyczewski: "von" (typo in score?)

Submitted by Peter Donderwinkel


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):

  • ENG English (Rufus Hallmark) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Virginia Woods, Mrs. John P. Morgan)
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:24
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Word count: 84

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J'ai cru le voir dans mon sommeil

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

J'ai cru le voir dans mon sommeil
J'en ai encore les cheveux hérissés d'épouvante,
Oh, si seulement j'avais pleuré toute la nuit sans dormir,
Comme si souvent durant les nuits passées !

Je l'ai vu abattu, [déchiré]1 et blême,
Alors qu'il semblait écrire dans le sable,
Il écrivait nos noms, je le sus d'emblée,
Alors j'ai crié bien fort.

Il a tressailli, effrayé par le cri
Et m'a regardé, aussi muet que la tombe,
J'ai tenu les bras tendus vers lui,
Et lui -- il s'est détourné.

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1 Mandyczewski: "brisé"


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838), no title, appears in Lieder und lyrisch epische Gedichte, in Tränen, no. 6 ENG ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rudolph Bergh, Gerard Bunk, Friedrich August Dressler, Wilhelm Hill, Robert von Hornstein, Adolf Jensen, Daniël de Lange, Max Lippold, Eusebius Mandyczewski, Paul Merkel, Friedrich August Naubert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-01-24.
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