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Kling leise, mein Lied, durch die...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Kling leise, mein Lied, durch die schweigende Nacht,
Kling leise, daß nicht die [Geliebte]1 erwacht!
Behutsam zu ihren Fenstern hinauf,
Kling leise, mein Lied, und wecke sie nicht auf!2

Ihr Schlummer ist heilig und heilig ihr Traum,
Du küsse nur leicht des Gewandes Saum,
Das lüstern um ihre Glieder sich schmiegt,
Verhüllend den Busen, der stürmisch sich wiegt.

[Ihr]3 Schlummer ist heilig, o wecke sie nicht!
Und heilig ihr Traum, o schrecke sie nicht
Mit einem Gebilde, das traurig und wild!
Kling leise, mein Lied, sing leise und mild!

Umschlinge sie sanft, wie die Ranke den Baum
In Liebe umschlingt mit dem Blütentraum,
Und singe verzückt, wie die Nachtigall singt,
Die der Rose ein klingendes Ständchen bringt.

Erwecke sie nicht mit zu stürmischem Gruß,
Tritt behutsam nur auf, wie des Pilgers Fuß
Hin durch den heiligen Tempel geht,
Still klinge dein Gruß, wie ein leises Gebet!4


Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE

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F. Liszt sets stanzas 1, 4-5 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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1 Liszt's first version: " Geliebt' "
2 in Liszt's second version, he adds here: "Kling leise mein Lied, kling leise und sacht/ Dass die Geliebte nicht erwacht." In some versions of the score, "sacht" is replaced with "mild" (even though it doesn't rhyme).
3 Liszt's first version: "Ach! Ihr"
4 Liszt's first version ends with the following:
Kling leise, mein Lied, durch die schweigende Nacht,
Kling leise, daß nicht die Geliebt' erwacht!
Behutsam zu ihren Fenstern hinauf,
Kling leise, mein Lied,
Behutsam zu ihren Fenstern hinauf,
Leise und mild,
Daß nicht die Geliebte erwacht!
Daß nicht die Geliebte erwacht!
O, wecke sie nicht!
In Liszt's second version the text appended to the end is as follows:
Kling leise, mein Lied, durch die schweigende Nacht,
Kling leise, daß nicht die Geliebte erwacht!
Behutsam zu ihren Fenstern hinauf,
Kling leise, mein Lied,
Behutsam zu ihren Fenstern hinauf,
Leise und mild,
Daß nicht die Geliebte erwacht!
Daß nicht die Geliebte erwacht!
O, wecke sie nicht!

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Authorship


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Franz (Ferenc) Liszt (1811 - 1886), "Kling leise, mein Lied", S. 301 no. 1 (1848), published 1860 [voice and piano], first version [
     text verified 1 time
    ]
  • by Franz (Ferenc) Liszt (1811 - 1886), "Kling leise, mein Lied, durch die schweigende Nacht ", S. 301 no. 2 (1848), published 1860, stanzas 1,4-5 [voice and piano], second version (although there is a book that claims this setting was composed in 1839) [
     text verified 1 time
    ]

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English [singable] (David Paley) , title 1: "Sound softly, my song", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Fonteyn Manney) , title 1: "Breathe gently, my song" [an adaptation]
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Résonne doucement, mon chant", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Sound softly, my song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Sound softly, my song, through the silence of night, 
Sound softly or else my beloved will wake.
Carefully, up to her windows arise 
Sound softly, my song, or repose will awake. 

As slumber is sacred and sacred her dream,
Drop kisses so light on her garment hem 
That nestles around her wrapping her limbs
And clings to her bosom that rises and falls. 

Her slumber is sacred, awaken her not 
And sacred her dream, O, frighten her not  
With such an appearance both saddened and wild. 
Sound softly, my song, sing softly and mild. 

Embrace her as soft as the climbers round trees
That lovers entwine in blossoming dreams; 
And sing with delight as the nightingales sing
When to roses a serenade they would bring. 

Awaken her not with too stormy salute. 
Step carefully to her as if pilgrims feet
Tread through the holiest temple there, 
And quietly greet with the murmur of prayer.


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