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Durch den Wald, im Mondenscheine

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Durch den Wald, im Mondenscheine]1,
Sah ich jüngst die Elfen [reuten]2;
Ihre Hörner hört' ich klingen,
Ihre [Glöckchen]3 hört' ich läuten.
Ihre weißen Rößlein trugen
[Güldnes]4 Hirschgeweih und flogen
Rasch dahin, wie wilde [Schwänenzüge]5
Kam es durch die Luft gezogen.
Lächelnd nickte mir die Kön'gin,
Lächelnd, im [Vorüberreuten]6.
Galt das meiner neuen Liebe,
Oder soll es Tod bedeuten?


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Confirmed with "Deutschland. Zur Geschichte der Religion und Philosophie in Deutschland (1834)" in: Heinrich Heine’s sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden, herausgegeben von Otto F. Lachmann, Dritter Band, Leipzig: Druck und Verlag von Philipp Reclam jun., [no year], page 308

1 Mendelssohn, Hadley: "In dem Mondenschein im Wald"
2 Mendelssohn: "reiten"
3 Mendelssohn: "Glöcklein"
4 Mendelssohn: "Goldnes"
5 Mendelssohn: "Schwäne"
6 Mendelssohn: "Vorüberreiten"

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Marty Lucas) , "New love", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Nicola Sfredda) , "Nuovo amore (Nella foresta, al chiaro di luna)", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-04-30.
Last modified: 2016-05-18 19:32:33
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New love

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

In the moonlit forest
I watched the elves a-riding,
I heard their horns sound
I heard their bells ring.

Their white horses, with 
golden antlers, flew on
swiftly, like white swans
Travelling through the air.

The queen nodded at me and smiled,
smiled, as she rode overhead;
Was it because of my new love?
Or does it mean death?

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Neue Gedichte, in Neuer Frühling, no. 32 DUT FRE ITA HUN
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jeannette Antonie Bürde, Carl Ludwig Fischer, Robert Franz, Henry Kimball Hadley, Paul Hassenstein, Ferdinand von Hiller, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Ödön von Mihalovich, Fritz Egon Pamer, Mario Van Overeem, Karl Weigl. Go to the text.


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