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Ich habe, bevor der Morgen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich habe, bevor der Morgen
  Im Osten noch gegraut,
Am Fenster zitternd geharret
  Und dort hinaus geschaut.

Und in der Mittagsstunde,
  Da hab' ich bitter geweint,
Und habe doch im Herzen:
  Er kommt wohl noch, gemeint.

Die Nacht, die Nacht ist 'kommen,
  Vor der ich mich gescheut;
Nun ist der Tag verloren,
  Auf den ich mich gefreut.

Translation(s): ENG ENG 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):

  • ENG English (Rufus Hallmark) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Lewis Novra)
  • ENG English [singable] (Virginia Woods, Mrs. John P. Morgan)
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (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: 57

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I have, before morning

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I have, before morning
   Yet grayed in the east,
At the window, shivering, waited
   And from there peered out.
And in the midday hour,
   Then I bitterly wept,
And in my heart yet
   Believed: He'll still come.
The night, the night has come,
   Before which I felt dread;
Now the day is over,
   To which I looked forward with joy.

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Note: Translation written with assistance from Harald Krebs.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Rufus Hallmark, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838), no title, appears in Lieder und lyrisch epische Gedichte, in Tränen, no. 2 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rudolph Bergh, Franz Bühnert, August Bungert, Gerard Bunk, Friedrich August Dressler, Hans Fleischer, Robert Franz, Gustav Hasse, Ludwig Heidingsfeld, Wilhelm Hill, Robert von Hornstein, Adolf Jensen, Emil Krause, Daniël de Lange, Eusebius Mandyczewski, Paul Merkel, Heinrich Meyer, Moritz Moszkowski, Friedrich August Naubert, Karl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke, Martha von Sabinin. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-02-06 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:14
Line count: 12
Word count: 60