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Quellende, schwellende Nacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Quellende, schwellende Nacht,
Voll von Lichtern und Sternen:
In den ewigen Fernen,
Sage, was ist da erwacht?

Herz in der Brust wird beengt;
Steigendes, neigendes Leben,
Riesenhaft fühle ich's weben,
Welches das meine verdrängt.

Schlaf, da nahst du dich leis',
Wie dem Kinde die Amme,
Und um die dürftige Flamme
Ziehst du den schützenden Kreis.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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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) , "Cançó de la nit", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Nachtlied", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Night song", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson de nuit", 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 10:01:32
Line count: 12
Word count: 55

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Night song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Flowing, swelling night,
full of lights and stars:
in the endless distances,
speak: what has awakened out there?

The heart in my breast is crowded
with the rise and fall of life;
I feel it weaving about me, an immense thing
that squeezes mine out.

Sleep, you approach gently
as the nurse approaches a child;
and about this paltry flame
you form a protective circle.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by (Christian) Friedrich Hebbel (1813 - 1863), "Nachtlied", first published 1836 CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Eugen d'Albert, Walter Courvoisier, Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg, Paul Hindemith, Werner Josten, Robert Kahn, Karl Klingler, Friedrich Klose, Fritz Lissauer, Emil Matthiesen, Josef Schelb, Robert Schumann. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
Line count: 12
Word count: 65